Thursday, January 17, 2008

Supercool Mom's Squeaky-Clean Book Group Met Tuesday

(I'm calling it that in order to differentiate it from the Dirty Book Club that I'm going to start.) We talked about several that we're going to read over the course of the year.

February: The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can by Leslie Householder
March: FlyBoys by James Bradley
April: A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
May: The Princess Bride by Myra Immell.
June: The Captivity and Restoration of Mary Rowlandson, published 1682 originally
July: Death comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
August: The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
September: Focus on Jane Austin (probably Pride and Prejudice)

(FYI, all 6 Jane Austin's are going to be on Masterpiece Theatre in the next month. They started Sunday with an excellent new production of Persuasion)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Book Club Tonight

So. Our book was NOT a biography, in keeping with the blog's theme this month, but it was FABULOUS nonetheless! The Book Thief is a must-read. I loved the writing style--almost poetic. The author isn't overly-descriptive; the writing is rather spare and condensed, with metaphoric phrases and lyrical descriptions. I also really loved the way he went about the characterization. For example, I REALLY disliked the mother pretty much throughout the book--and somewhere towards the end I realized I understood her. Didn't like her, but understood her. The author very subtly accomplished that. And! At the end of the book, I liked the mother. I could go on & on. He (author) also draws many parallels that you find yourself discovering along the way. And the last line of the book--oh my. It was beautiful. One of the most perfect finishing sentences of a book I've ever read (and that's saying a lot). I handed the book off to Wendi, so I'm curious about your feedback. What do you think?

Not next month, but soon, my book club is reading this book:
I'll count it as my autobiography, even though I'm not reading it this month. This is going to be a goodie. Maybe I'll read it before our schedule--I'm very excited to dig into it. I saw an interview with this woman on CNN with Glenn Beck and she is POWERFUL. She lives with the knowledge every day that she is on the Muslim radicals' hit list. She has bodyguards. Several attempts have been made on her life. Go look up the book on Amazon & read about it. Wow.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


i FINALLY got the book from the library. and i'm loving it!! i'm not a big biography reader but this one is amazing. i can see i'll be done soon!

this jumped out at me ... "I marveled at the security I felt in my spiritual home, even though Polly and I had no material habitation that we could call our own." how important is that to remember?! even when we have nothing we have that!