Friday, August 07, 2015
As usual, skip it if you wanna.
1. Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery - Biography of a woman who, in the 1950s, through-hiked the Apalachin Trail. She was sixty-seven, and hiked in sneakers and without a tent. This after surviving decades in an extremely abusive marriage. Hardcore! Excellent book.
2. Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado - First-person narrative about how difficult it is to survive on minimum wage. Been there, done that. Good book.
3. Life For Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair by Susan Sheehan - Non-fiction account of a young woman growing up in the foster care system in NYC in the eighties and nineties. Sobering and interesting.
4. The Hero of the Herd by Dr. John McCormack - One of a series of memoirs from a veterinarian who practiced in Alabama in the 1960s. A quick, thoroughly enjoyable read.
5. While You're Here, Doc by Bradford Brown, DVM - Another memoir, from a veterinarian who practiced in Maine in the 1950s and 1960s. Very good.
6. The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman - Novel about a crippled immigrant girl in NYC in the early 1900s who founds an ice cream empire. Interesting, and a good summer read, but the protagonist wasn't a very likable person, so that kind of made it an only so-so book.
7. Gone South by Robert McCammon. This author's book Boy's Life is one of my favorite books ever, so I thought I'd give another book of his a try. He usually writes in the horror genre, which I'm not a huge fan of (except for Stephen King), but Gone South is about a murderer on the run, being chased by bounty hunters. It's pretty good, and he packs a lot of characters into one book. A page-turner. You'll either like the ending or boo-hiss it, one or the other. :)
8. Trailer Trashed by Hollis Gillespie - Autobiographical essays from a humor columnist. Good.
Currently I'm working through a couple of old Shirley Jackson books, so we'll see how that goes. How about you? Reading anything good?