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Monday, June 6, 2011

What are you reading?

I'm just finishing "A Three Dog Life" by Abigail Thomas. It's a memoir about Thomas' effort to build a new life after a devastating tragedy. I so admire her bravery (and beautiful prose.) She finds tremendous comfort from the company of her three dogs, hence the title.

I've also been going through stacks of decor books. Still trying to arrange our little house...

What are you reading??

Photo by Andrew @ Cuba Gallery.



Blogger Luli said...

I'm reading a classic, Evelina, and today I started reading "John Adams" by David McCullough. I now see our Founding Fathers in a brand new light. I didn't realize the struggles and bloody battles they endured.

June 6, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Just finished two very different books. The first 'The Guernsey literary and potato peel society' was such an entertaining read though it touches on the sadness of WWII. It has a feel-good ending which is what I wanted! The second was 'Are women human?' Strange I know. They are two essays on the role of women in society by Dorothy L. Sayers. A short but very good read.
Now I'm back to the book I've been avoiding lately. I'm halfway through 'Wolf Hall'. I'm enjoying it but it's such a brick of a book!

June 6, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

The Pale King by DFW

June 7, 2011 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. Fascinating family history that's thankfully not written with rose-tinted nostalgia leaking from every page. Very good so far.

June 7, 2011 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Recently studied Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah, which has a strong intertextual relationship, so decided to read this too. I've just finished reading Diary of a Provincial Lady (EC Delafield) and Woolf's Between the Acts.

June 7, 2011 at 4:23 AM  
Blogger Melanie's Randomness said...

I'm reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It is as crazy as it sounds but I'm having trouble getting into it. hmmm....

Melanie's Randomness

June 7, 2011 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger Amy B. said...

I just started The Passage by Justin Cronin. Reviews about it are very mixed, so I'm eager to see how I feel about it.

June 7, 2011 at 5:15 AM  
Blogger Sunday Taylor said...

I just started "The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obreht. It has gotten very good reviews. So far I am enjoying it.

June 7, 2011 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Pour l'amour de la vie said...

Just finished Olive Kitteridge and truly was an outstanding book. At times it read like a book of short stories. A view into the life of a very complex women leaves you with some thought provoking feelings about human nature. Now reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Now this is an adventure. With a cast of eccentric characters this book not only includes murder and drama but a peak into the life of a southerner.

June 7, 2011 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I recently finished The Tiger's Wife and very much enjoyed it. I am now almost done with The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver. It's wonderful - her writing is exquisite and it's set in an interesting time with a very unique perspective.

June 7, 2011 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Carolynn Cecilia said...

I've just finished Egans "the Return of the Goon Squad" {loved it} and now I'm catching up on back issues of the New Yorker before I bust open Franzen's "Freedom". It's going to be an epic summer.

June 7, 2011 at 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reading Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. I love his style of writing; it's such an interesting book.

June 7, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

I'm rereading & then I came over here for some ideas:)

I love Andrew's photos, so glad you found him, too.

Cheers, Tina.

June 7, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I'm a quarter of the way through William Pitt the Younger by William Hague. Excellent.

June 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Karolins causerie said...

Anna Karenina, I've reached the last part. I really like it.

June 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I just finished Bossypants by Tina Fey. Probably not your usual read but I recommend as a great summer beach read. It was so funny and relatable.

Just a Silhouette

June 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Alexandra Steinmetz - Champagne and Chiffon said...

I'm reading Atlas Shrugged, but just got a wonderful collection of biographies (Liz Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Clara Bow) in the mail that I can't wait to dive into!

June 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Jenny in Ohio said...

I just read The Help. moving on to an oooold book my boyfriend gave me, called Rascal. It's about a boy and a raccoon! haha.

June 7, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

Just finished Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and Water for Elephants. Now reading The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra. As well as Chuck P's new book Tell All.


June 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

PS book club was so crap. Never going to one again. Let's have our own book club!!!

June 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Cynthia's Blog said...

I just finished reading Paris Wife last night. Then today went to see the movie Midnight In Paris. It was the perfect combination.


June 7, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Maria Speidel said...

Reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Loving it, even the sad parts. Gorgeous writer. Don't want it to end. Sped through a friend's copy of Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother. That chick's definitely certifiable, but yet it is interesting to contemplate East-West differences in child rearing and attitudes toward children's achievement and her comments on educational styles. I have to say I'm down with her when it comes to children's projects that are more work for the parents than the kids. Very telling are the parts where she references her husband and then says, "I'll let Jed tell his own story."

June 7, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Not so much reading, Tina!
But I got this book; 'Katachi'. The B&W photography of Japanese objects which are so inspiring! Even simple bamboo garden tools can be so beautiful...

June 7, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger jen said...

yes, I've read A Three Dog Life, very hard book, as is living with Brain Injury. I think it was the Australian aboriginals, would refer to a night in reference to how many dogs you needed to keep you warm. A really bad, cold night would take three.
After my son's brain injury, we got two dogs, guess we had a two dog night! jenny

June 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jessica Clem said...

I am reading both "A Reporter's Life" by Walter Cronkite, and "Feeding the Fire: The Lost History and Uncertain Future of Mankind's Energy Addiction," by Mark Eberhart. Both are fantastic!

June 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Nicole Holm said...

I am reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, for what seems like the hundreth time. Definitely one of my favorites!

June 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

I'm reading Year of Magical Thinking and its marvelous. I just love Joan Didion.

June 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

I love the image of the lovely old book. And your book sounds like one I'd be interested in.

I've just started Alice Munro's Runaway. I'm enjoying it a lot so far.

June 12, 2011 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

"A Three Dog Life" sounds so interesting...I'll definitely put it on my "to read" list!

I just finished "Under the Banner of Heaven". It left me with such a creepy feeling. :( I guess that means the author did his job?

June 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger balladofseasons said...

I'm reading "Death with Interruptions" by José Saramago, and just finished "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" by George Orwell which I really really adored!!

June 14, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger MR said...

I just picked up Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises." I read it in school, but have been in a phase where I'm going back and rereading some of the classics.

June 14, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Vivienne said...

love your blog!!! x


June 16, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Cheryl G. said...

I have to tell you I finished reading "A Three Dog Life" on Saturday. I was so taken by the description of the book on her website and your short intro that I bought it for my i-pad. I would have been done sooner however, my youngest is recovering from foot surgery. It was a touching, some times painful and beautiful book.
So thank you for the inspiration.

June 16, 2011 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I've been on a non-fiction kick lately... I've gone through all but one of Malcolm Gladwell's books (last one is on my 'to read' list), the Freakonomics books, Paco Underhill's books about the psychology of shopping and marketing, and now I'm reading 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' by Jon Ronson. I never saw the movie and don't want to, but the book is incredibly weird and interesting; US military teams training on how to walk through walls, kill creatures by staring at them, and many other paranormal things funded by us taxpayers over the years.

June 19, 2011 at 9:54 AM  

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