Saturday, February 28, 2015

Books I read in February 2015

Another Country by Mary Bray Pipher (library) about aging in America and dealing with our aging parents, the change in the family over the years. A great book
Cooked by Michael Pollen (library) loved it, especially the bit about NC BBQ :-)
The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene (library) okay. nothing to rave about
Savage Girl by Jean Simmons (library) okay, fiction about a girl raised by Indians? Wolves? in 1800's frontier, found and brought back to NYC and there is a murder mystery too
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (library) Caitlin works in a cemetorium/funeral home. I really enjoyed it.
Revival by Stephen King (library) One of his better in recent years
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach (library) a girl takes over someone else's identity online
Worst Noel (library) a collection of short stories about horrible Christmases
The Long Valley by John Steinbeck short stories by Steinbeck
Deadline by John Sandford (library) a Virgil Flowers thriller
The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel (library) I really like her stuff, I have another one in my library queue. This one was about a man whose family is involved in fencing stolen goods and he tries to get out of the family business and go straight
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (library) The book that the movie was based on....a little slow in bits, but enjoyable over all
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (library) A future where folks have special gifts (sort of like intellectual X-Men) and a terrorist was okay
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson  getting excited about Ryan's hike of the AT starting next month, so was enjoying this one again!
The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel (library) I am just a huge fan of this author now!! Can't wait for her to write some more stuff!! I liked this one for the same reason that I liked Station Eleven. The characters stories are all interwoven and they are all connected on many different levels.
An Attempt At Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges Perec I read a wonderful review of this book and it made me want it. It is all about sitting and observing and what happens when nothing happens. No murder or divorce or fighting or shoot outs. Just life happening all around you.I liked it, but it is definitely not for everyone


dianesteelequilts said...

Was the Stephen King scary, gory other-worldly or something else? I've listened to "A Walk In The Woods" and other novels by Bill Bryson and half the fun is his beautiful accent! (I'm strictly an audio-book reader).

Amanda from Seattle said...
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Amanda from Seattle said...

It was kind of otherworldly.....sort of a bit like the one about the Amusement Park. A Preacher has a fascination with electricity and he goes around healing people, and he heals them from their sicknesses or addictions, wounds etc....but then they aren't quite right afterwards. I did not think it was especially gory. A guy who connected with him as a young boy is the narrator, they keep crossing paths through the journey of the book.