books I’ve read lately, August 2011

  1. Room by Emma Donoghue. A haunting but somehow lovely story, told by a completely captivating narrator, which is very hard to do when your narrator is a five year old.
  2. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. This was a book club pick, and was a totally engaging little gem of a book. Would be a great vacation read.
  3. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. Hornby’s books are like the movies that get made from them – fun, cute, at least relatively smart. This one’s no different.
  4. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. My God this is a powerful book. A look at Hurricane Katrina and it’s terrible aftermath in New Orleans, through the lens of one family. Zeitoun should be added to mandatory high school reading lists across the country.
  5. An Ornithologist’s Guide to Life by Ann Hood. I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Not bad by any stretch, but for the most part didn’t catch me the way that short stories often do.
  6. The Lovers by Vendela Vida. a lovely book filled with beautiful writing. I wasn’t particularly satisfied by the ending, but the gorgeous moments in Vida’s prose make up for the occasional missteps of plot.
  7. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Stunning. Really, just incredibly excellent. Both completely captivating from a structural standpoint and gorgeously written. Add it to your list immediately.
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One Comment

  1. Lacey
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 19:09 | Permalink

    Loved Zeitoun. I’ve missed a few of Eggers’ latest but that one really grabbed me.