I got a Nook a few months ago. I use it every day and love it. I try not to buy many books on it, because they arw so nuch more expensive than used print books. There are many free or lower priced books, and I think I’ve read 12 of them.
I also read a few print books I rediscovered during our move. I read Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, and The Great Gatsby. Loved both, especially Gatsby.
I discovered this wonderful writing genre. Well, I have enjoyed this sort of writing–long, nonfiction essays and articles, for a long time reading Vanity Fair, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker. A few times I purchased the best crime writing anthology for a given year, a collection of well written true crime articles.
I found this website, longreads.com, that culls magazine articles and essays from many sources each week, and I love it! I have read so much the past month or 2. Sometimes I feel like all I do is read, besides working and cleaning house. At times I feel lazy, but I’m learning a lot! There are also literary criticisms which have inspired me to read something I may have forgotten, or rediscover a writer I love, like J.M. Coetzee.
I found this website, longreads.com, which is
Three Generations, No Imbeciles, Lombardo. I just couldn’t continue, I think because my attention span is very short right now. Lots going on.
However, I did read 2 other books this week, and started another.
What It Is by Sarah Burleton. Quick read, a memoir by someone who was abused horribly by her mother.
Return From Tomorrow by George Ritchie w/ Elizabeth Sherrill. It is Ritchie’s account of his after life experience when he was at boot camp in training WWII. It is quite fascinating. I believe his co-author, Sherrill, originally wrote about George Ritchie in Guideposts magazine. They state in the book that Ritchie’s story was the inspiration for Raymond Moody’s research into after life experiences. I found the book very inspirational. Ritchie is a Christian, and believes the name of God is Jesus, based on his experience.
I am now reading a very entertaining book about the marijuana trade in the 70′s & early 80′s. It is called Jackpot, High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs by Jason Ryan. It is very interesting, I love historical books that recount events that didn’t happen very long ago. I’m also dying to see if I recognize any of the characters, because in the late 80′s or early 90′s a fugitive smuggler who was a pilot was captured in Richmond, and, sadly, broke the heart of a girl he was seeing, who I knew. Small world, no?
Plus, my sister, Betsy, is visiting from IN, I left a job under duress 2 weeks ago, starting a new job next week, closing on a house next week, youngest going to FL on a chorus trip next week, and moving the following week. I guess that’s about it!
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and how it changed America by John M. Barry. I liked this book because it included a rich history of the Mississippi River and its geography, and of our history of manipulating it. It also recounted how blacks were treated in the Delta during this time. Folks, if you think racism ended with the Civil War, read this. I feel like I’ve blogged about this book before but I couldn’t find it. Anyhow, it dragged at times but it is full of interesting details, and the parallels between what happens now (Katrina, and the Mississippi River flooding this year) are sad.
Almost finished reading Zelda, an excellent biography of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald by Nancy Milford. It is very interesting. Early 20th century literature and authors and artists interest me, and this book doesn’t disappoint.
I received Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman this week. I had to immediately tear into it. I’ve always wanted to know the full history of L. Ron Hubbard, and it is included here. It is well documented, and seems fair. It reveals some dirty secrets about Scientology, though. It also familiarizes the reader with the lexicon of Scientology, which is helpful. They use made up words, as well as existing words they’ve given a different meaning.
I read The Reason by Sally Grablick also. I’m going to do a separate post on that because I was asked to review it, and I think it’s an important book for anyone suffering the loss of a loved one to read.
I’m still stumbling through Black Sun about Harry Crosby, by Geoffrey Wolff. It is excellent, and of course I love the era and historical perspective. Don’t know why it’s taking me so long to get through it, but I know I’ll finish it.
I just ordered a slew of books from Amazon so I better get reading. Ta!
Emmanuel Carrère The Mustache & Class Trip
Philip Weiss American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corp
Lawrence Schiller Into the Mirror: the Life of Master Spy Robert P. Hanssen, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town; Cape May Courthouse, American Tragedy (some of these are collaborations with other authors.)
Vincent Bugliosi Helter Skelter, And the Sea Will Tell, Outrage: the Five Reasons OJ Simpson Got Away With Murder
David Sheff Beautiful Boy
Matt Birkbeck A Beautiful Child
Jack Olsen The Bridge at Chappaquiddick
Salinger: A Catcher in the Rye
Frank Conroy Stop Time
Tom Grimes Mentor
Wm. Faulkner As I Lay Dying
David Cullen Columbine
Nancy Schoenberger Dangerous Muse-The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood
Joseph Wambaugh Echoes in the Darkness, Fire Lover
M. William Phelps Every Move You Make
Amanda Vaill Everyone Was So Young: Gerald & Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story
Julie Salaman Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy & Reconciliation
Joe McGinniss Fatal Vision
Catherine Crier Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case
Ann Rule Green River, Running Red; The Stranger Beside Me
Joyce Maynard Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in Motor City; At Home In the World
Jon Krakauer In the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Mary Karr The Liars Club, Lit: A Memoir
John Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
I tried, I really tried, to read Hypochondriacs by Brian Dillon. I read about James Boswell’s hypochondria (read: depression). I thought Charlotte Bonte would be more interesting. It wasn’t. He was absolutely obsessive about rehashing the etymolgy of the word hypochondria. I really got it by about page 25. I wanted to hear more about how it was reflected in the life and work of the artists. I will skim it further, though, to see what he has to say about the others, especially Andy Warhol. He was the most contemporary artist studied here.
I’m now reading Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner. It’s a quick read, and I like her writing. She lectures and teaches at Duke Divinity. She is the child of a Jewish man and a lapsed Baptist woman, all southern. She seems a little obsessive herself, and could be arrogant if not for her frequent self-effacement. In college she decides to become an Orthodox Jew (I never knew they had all of these daily rituals and rules!) and later becomes a Chrisitian. I’m curious about her journey, because my path always takes a lot of twists and turns. She recently spoke at University of Richmond. I couldn’t go, so I ordered this book. I think she was actually touting her latest book, but I thought this one looked interesting. I always find conversion from one religion to another interesting, because my take is always from the point of from religion to no religion.
I want to read more poems by the following writers/poets: William Blake, Langston Hughes, Mary Karr, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver.