books I’ve read lately – January & February, 2012

some good stuff lately

  • Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. An incredibly compelling narrator. Super thin female characters. Enjoyable and fun overall – would be a great vacation read.
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Epic is right – this is hugely long (and, admission: I did not finish it. although probably will at some point?.) A book club pick – fascinating look at a formerly under-reported part of America’s history.
  • An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin. This was a bookclub pick (other book club!). Overall fairly fun, a female lead that could only have been written by a man, and art references that could have been made by a foundation art student. Another good vacation read.
  • Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman. Waldman’s best book yet. Lovely look at human nature in the aftermath of tragedy.
  • The Uses of Enchantment by Heidi Julavits. Engaging, although rather disconcerting. I loved Julavits’ The Effect of Living Backwards, and while I didn’t love this one as much, I definitely enjoyed it.
  • It Sucked and Then I Cried by Heather Armstrong. The best blog-to-book… book that I’ve read. Armstrong has one of the strongest voices on the internet, and it carries through superbly.
  • Dream Work by Mary Oliver. I love Oliver, and this book contains some of my favorite of her work.
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I adored this book. A-dored. Seriously, go read it right now. Harbach is nothing short of brilliant – almost perfect example of everything the American Novel should be, and in my opinion well worth the 10 years he apparently spent writing & trying to publish it. (note: I love baseball, but I suspect that you would love this book even if you’d never seen a game/had no interest in the sport.)
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  1. Kate
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 18:25 | Permalink

    I just have to say I love these posts.

    • elizabeth
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 18:47 | Permalink

      aw, thanks. I love writing them :)

  2. Ashley
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 11:00 | Permalink

    I love them too! And check out the acknowledgements in the Wilkerson book. Might recognize a certain someone :) (or maybe that’s just in the hardcover). Anyways… I love love love love that book and it has by far been one of my favorites to work on.

  3. Posted March 8, 2012 at 21:56 | Permalink

    You mean the SECOND best blog to book book that you’ve read. Obvs. ;)

    • elizabeth
      Posted March 10, 2012 at 11:27 | Permalink

      ha! I actually don’t count yours as a blog-to-book… although I guess it is?