Books of Late #4

Hi Friends,
I've been on a reading tip of late, consuming books as the summer flies by.
Let's check out a few......

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Ahhh David Sedaris.  Funny man and frequent contributor to This American Life.  My favorite David Sedaris book is Me Talk Pretty One Day, but Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls did not disappoint.  A collection of essays, this book is easy to read and good for a giggle.

As a side note, in the book David talks about his disgust for the amount of litter in the area he lives in, so he begins collecting trash on his own time.  I just saw this article, it looks like his work is paying off!

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

This was a re-read.  This is another collection of short stories, but pay attention, they overlap meeting certain characters at different points and taking sub-characters from one story and making them main characters in another story.  It is a short glimpse into others lives and I like that kind of book.

Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar

I did not finish this book.  This is saying a lot considering I will read junk just to get to the end or learn the whole story no matter how bad it is.  Case in point: my Dad bought me the book by Pulitzer Prize Winning author Dog the Bounty Hunter as a joke; I read the whole thing just so I could go through and red pen all the grammatical errors.  Considering I couldn't even finish Everything is Perfect when You're a Liar I guess we can say I was not a fan.  I read that Kelly Oxford is popular on Twitter (?).  I was not aware of her until I heard about this book on another blog.  Based on the Amazon reviews it seems people like her better on Twitter than as an author/autobiographer.  I'm just going to tell you I (really) didn't like her book.

The Lowland

To put it simply, this story is beautifully told.  Spanning several decades, it is the tale of one family and the many changes they go through, both good and bad.  The story is told at different points from different characters perspectives.  It is very easy to get lost in this book.  I would not be surprised if this was turned into a movie and if it does I would love to see it.  If you have not read a Jhumpa Lahiri novel before, I would also recommend The Namesake, which is another great was made into a movie.

So, what have you been reading this summer?


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