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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

 
O.K. So, the 3rd book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series came in, so I had to sideline Reading Lolita in Tehran. I loved it, too, though the first two were a little better. But don't tell Alexander McCall Smith, my new boyfriend. There's a picture of him on this page. You can even enlarge it!

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

 
Ah, you thought you got rid of me. Sorry Charlie! I was just away at an American Library Association Conference in Toronto. No, I didn't catch any upper respiratory ailments, but I did get to meet two of my FAVORITE authors of late: Yann Martel and Alexander McCall Smith. You know how you become a big fan of a star, and they end up being a dink? Well, NOT SO with these guys. Both very nice. ...and I got my picture taken with them!

I'm still reading A Peace to End All Peace (it's going to take me awhile), but Reading Lolita in Tehran came in for me, so I had to start reading it. It's about a professor who started a "banned" book club in her home during the Iranian Revolution. I'm not so interested in her literary criticism, but am fascinated by the stories of the women in the book group and the author's story.
 

Thursday, June 12, 2003

 
I decided to bench Main Street for a while and started A Peace to End All Peace last night. Every month, Oprah Magazine asks a famous person what their favorite books are. Madeline Albright listed this David Fromkin book, saying that Bill Clinton told her it was the most important book he'd ever read about the Middle East.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

 
Made a foray into Posters of the WPA to avoid Main Street last night. Check out the Library of Congress's online exhibition of WPA posters and don't miss my favorite one!

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

 
Read the first Lemony Snicket book this weekend. Cute. I can see why my twelve year old niece loves them! I then started Main Street which has been on my list for a long time. I finally picked it up after seeing a theatrical version of it at the Great American History Theatre. I'm realizing that plot is more important to me than I thought. Now that I know more than just the theme of the novel, I'm not as interested. Alas... It's feeling more like I'm reading it for a class, i.e. I HAVE to read. So...in that spirit, here's a teacher's guide for it? (Did you think your teachers just remembered all the excruciating details?)

Friday, June 06, 2003

 
Valerie Martin beat out Zadie Smith and Donna Tartt for the 2003 Orange Prize. I'd never heard of Property, but that Smith or Tartt did NOT win restored my faith in the Orange Prize.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

 
I picked up Alberta Clipper again since I didn't finish it for the Minnesota Book Awards. I liked the few stories I read it because of the forboding tone, unique characters, and unexpected plot turns. One story, however, was so distrubing I had to stop reading the book. I've never understood why so many folks enjoy reading disturbing material as an "escape." Maybe my Id isn't demanding enough to need to escape by reading sick stuff.