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1Kleinerschatz2001
Jan. 6, 2007, 9:17am

So what is everyone reading at the moment?

I'm still trying to learn the ropes of this site. :)

2Aychje
Jan. 6, 2007, 10:03am

Johanna Lindsey's The Christmas Present. I got it from the library, and want to finish it today (Jan 6th) because today's the last of the 12 days of Christmas. The book has two Christmas stories and I've particularly enjoyed the first one. There was a little mystery involved (who left that beautifully wrapped gift, who's it for, what's in it... all happy mystery, not a murder/theft mystery) which was fun.
I think The Birth House is next

3suzecate
Bearbeitet: Jan. 6, 2007, 6:03pm

I've only finished one so far this year - Too Many Cooks. While I enjoyed it, as I did the other Nero Wolfe mysteries I read in 2006, it wasn't among my favorites.

I just selected Natasha: and other stories by David Bezmozgis as my next read. From the flap:

"Last year The New Yorker, Harper's, and Zoetrope introduced America to the Bermans - Bella and Roman and their son, Mark - Russian Jews who have fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams. Already one of the season's most talked-about debuts, Natasha is the chronicle of the Bermans, told in stories full of heart, verve, and consequence (. . .) The stories in Natasha capture the immigrant experience with wit and deep sympathy. Their evocation of boyhood and youth, and the battle for selfhood in a passionately loving Jewish family, recalls the early work of Bernard Malamud, Leonard Michaels, and Philip Roth."

Aychje - I'm thinking about reading The Birth House this month - you'll have to let me know how you like it.

4hero120499
Bearbeitet: Jan. 15, 2007, 11:23pm

Right now, I'm reading Beowulf for my Brit Lit before 1800 class, and Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain for my Contemporary Approaches to Critical Lit class. I'm also reading The Coquette by Hannah W. Foster for my Studies in the American Novel class. As for "leisure" reading, I'm currently reading Thunderstruck by Erik Larson and listening to the audiobook edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling and read by Jim Dale.

5suzecate
Jan. 16, 2007, 1:25am

Bryan - You'll probably finish Thunderstruck before my better half does. :)

I'm between books now. I'm going to start Some Buried Caesar tomorrow.

6Aychje
Jan. 16, 2007, 11:30pm

Chanale - just finished The Birth House tonight and I loved it!! Check out www.thebirthhouse.com for some background and other fun stuff too. Ami McKay is working on a second book now, called The Virgin Cure: "It's set in 1870's NYC and is loosely based on the life of my great-great grandmother, one of the first female doctors in the city. She was studying syphilis at a time when men thought that de-flowering a young girl would cure them of the disease. This is a myth that we are seeing played out today in a devastating way in African villages in connection with AIDS. So again, I'm writing about women's history and health, but tackling issues that will remind readers of things that need our attention right now."

7suzecate
Jan. 24, 2007, 12:46pm

Aychje - Thanks! I have it on my January to-read list, but I'm running out of time, so I think it will be bumped to February. :)

I'm just on novel #3 for the year, so nothing new to report.

8suzecate
Jan. 29, 2007, 4:50pm

#3 was Rex Stout's Some Buried Caesar, the sixth Nero Wolfe mystery written (and the sixth I've read). It was a decent read, but I was a bit disappointed compared to the others I've read. There wasn't as much of the witty banter between Wolfe and Goodwin that I've come to expect.

I'm now reading Ami McKay's The Birth House, which is good so far.

9sammimag
Jan. 30, 2007, 6:37pm

I also read the The Birth House. I really loved it. I recently finished On beauty by Zadie Smith and wrote a review on my blog here:

http://ibrakeforyarnhooksandbooks.blogspot.com/2007/01/on-beauty-by-zadie-smith....

I also liked Harvey & Eck, a very sweet story.

10nmoira
Bearbeitet: Feb. 14, 2007, 4:10am

11hero120499
Feb. 17, 2007, 4:42pm

I've finished The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (audio), and I'm working on The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, White Noise by Don DeLillo, still working on The Coquette, or, the Life of Eliza Wharton by Hannah W. Foster, as well as Billy Budd and Other Tales by Herman Melville, The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Plus, I'll be starting Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Audio) soon. Phew! The fun of being an Lit Studies Major who has decided to get his doctorate! I have no time for anything BUT books. As a matter of fact, I should be reading right now...

12suzecate
Feb. 26, 2007, 4:46pm

I'm afraid I don't have much to report. I have misplaced The Birth House and am stalled on Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves (the latter is for a local book club that's meeting in 3 weeks).

I haven't been reading much beyond cookbooks and newspapers, but this weekend I read The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation. I really enjoyed it, especially the anecdotes of Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, and James Beard, and was amused by the "countercultural" foodie section.