At the moment I am reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. I was invited to join the woman’s book group at the library and thought it would be a great way to make some friends. I still love the idea. I checked out the current read, fully planning on attending the first meeting. Well that meeting came and went. I didn’t go because I didn’t feel well. But also because I was only half way through the book. sigh. I’m still getting through it. I have 200 pages left. I’m really enjoying the story, don’t get me wrong. I just wish I was a faster reader. I doubt I will be able to get to the book group’s current book before the next meeting.
I’ll post more about it when I’m actually finished. God knows when.
I finished the book, Losing Moses on the Freeway: the 10 commandments in America.” I must say, this is the best book I have read in a long, long time. Everytime I finished a chapter I would audibly tell anyone around me, “Wow. This is a good book.” The writing is impeccable. Chris Hedges really knows how to engage the reader. He does this by telling stories. Each chapter is based on one of the 10 commandments. He uses a story to illustrate his point about each commandment. For example, in Chapter 2, the chapter about idol worship, he tells the story of a young woman who spent much of her twenties following the band Phish around. She became obsessed with the band to the point that it affected her life and prevented her from achieving goals for herself. She became part of the collective of “phish groupies.” He uses this story to show that everyone, essentially, has thier own idols in their lives that they worship, and that worshiping these idols can have devastating effects.
The book is not written for a Christian fundamentalist audience, although they would greatly benefit from it. Chris Hedges does not hide the fact that he is against the Iraq war and the Bush admin and his corporate cronies. But that, frankly, didn’t bother me at all.
Definately recommended! I am going to go out and buy it and read it again.
diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esme Raji Codell. I listened to the audio version of this book and thought it was highly entertaining. The reader was really good. The story itself was excellent. One of the best juvenile fiction stories I’ve read in awhile. It’s about a young witch who realizes that she likes to grant wishes. This mortifies her family and friends, but she can’t help it. When she discovers that there is such a thing as a fairy godmother (an FG) she decides she would like to pursue that line of “work.” The story has such a wonderful message: “be the person you are, even if you are different from everyone else.” The book is very humorous and both kids and adults will find it a fun read, IMHO. I highly recommend it.
One of my new years resolutions is to read more. I’ve always been an avid reader but for some reason this past year I haven’t really been reading as much as I would like to. So yesterday I joined a book club and the book we are reading this month is The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth. It’s a fictional story about what would have happened if American history took a different turn and voted Charles Lindberg in as President of the United states. Now, according to the post-script, Lindberg was never the Republican nominee against FDR (unless I’m missing something), but, apparently, it had been suggested that he run several times. I didn’t know this but Lindberg was a Nazi sympathizer. So you can imagine where the story will go…
I’ve only read a few pages and it is already really good! I will let you know what I think when I’m finished.