I just loved Just My Type, a thoroughly enjoyable romp through fonts and typefaces.
I also liked two family stories:
- The Boy in the Moon, the true and heartbreaking story of a severely handicapped boy and his dad’s quest to take care of him.
- We The Animals, a tight, harsh novel about three boys growing up with flawed parents, but parents who love them very much
and finally I recommend Poor Economics, a clinical look at how poor people behave with their finances — just like not-so-poor people, it turns out, minus the cushion of cash in the bank, which means any mistake can be fatal.
You all knew that 1Q84 was going to make it to this month’s list, since I already named it my book of the year, and potentially of the decade!Yes, it’s 900 pages long, yes, it’s fantasy, yes, it’s translated — and I loved it anyway.
The Buddha in the Attic is another favorite, with its delicate, evocative stories of Japanese picture brides in California.
I also liked Blood, Bones & Butter, an unconventional chef’s memoir, and Love and Shame and Love, a family saga that reads like a memoir.
This month, I loved
– The Family Fang, with its oddball set of characters and twisting plot
and I also liked
– Maphead, an entertaining look at geography and those who love it maybe a little too much
– Turn of Mind, a chilling tale of murder together with a stunning portrait of an Alzheimer’s victim
– Willpower, a fun but learned discussion of self-discipline and why it’s so hard to resist chocolate (or your favorite treat) when tired or upset
I did not care for Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s book and now she went and won herself a Nobel Peace Prize… How indelicate of me!
At least Stephanie Meyer did not win the Nobel Prize for literature. That would really bum me out.
It’s always a little difficult to choose books for the Books of the Month post,often simply because there are many good ones and surprisingly often because I simply forget the ones I read early in the month… Having refreshed my own memory by re-reading earlier posts, I recommend these four:
I guess I’ve been in a vacation mood this summer… as I realize I simply forgot to post the “Books of the Month” for July… and that’s not because the July reading list was disappointing. I found several gems including
- Little Bee, the stunningly told story of a Nigerian would-be refugee in the UK (don’t be put off by the grim subject matter, the first chapter is just about perfect)
- Art and Madness, a sobering memoir of life as a wife who should have a brilliant career of her own but cannot because it’s the sixties