Friday, March 30, 2007

How do all of you out there in the blogging world find the time to do this every day? I'm sitting here looking at all my overdue books and wondering when I'll ever get to them. Among those that are calling to me right now are: "The Light in the Piazza and other Italian Tales" by Elizabeth Spencer - to feed my obsession with all things Italian - "Love in Black and White" by William S. Cohen and his wife Janet, Alice Hoffman's "Skylight Confessions," "Half of a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Adichie - to fulfill my relatively new interest in African history - and Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie" - to feed my anger over the war in Iraq.

I'm also preparing two book discussions for next week on what I thought were two very disparate titles, "Madame Bovary" for one group and "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" for another. The strong theme of the powerlessness of women runs through both books, yet each of the title characters still manages to wield power in her own way. I'd better get back to it.....

4 comments:

Infobabe said...
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toomanybooks said...

Hi Sally,
I'm loving your blog!
I, too, have 3 have to books to read. The Memory Keepers Daughter for work, Wisdom of our Fathers for another group and The Darwin Conspiracy for a Reader's Advisory Interest Group. Did you guess who I am??

Cynthia Pease said...

Noticed your mention of "The Light in the Piazza." I'm reading Jane Hamilton's new book "When Madeline was Young"; the blurb says she was inspired to read it by Spencer's book. Now I'll have to read that. Wasn't there a movie by that name with Yvette Mimieux years and years ago?

For you who like all things weird, "The End of Mr. Y" by Scarlett Thomas is fascinating, well-written, and has a surprise ending. I highly recommend it!

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Infobabe said...

I wrote in my blog that it is hard to ask a librarian "what are you reading now" and get a simple answer. When I bopped over to your blog I laughed when you were making the same point. We all have so many different books going. I wish we could also read for each other's book discussions!