Sunday, October 14, 2007

Beautiful Book of the Week! #2

As promised...

With Billie: A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day
Julia Blackburn

Welcome to the World!

Just finished Fannie Flagg's Welcome to the World, Baby Girl for my library book club. While I love the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, I had never actually read one of her books. I was delighted by the novel and without giving away the ending...shocked! The story follows Dena Nordstrom, a big time tv journalist with small-town roots, who struggles with her increasingly demanding boss and her loneliness. Both parents dead and no real relationship with her few remaining relatives, Dena (aka Baby Girl) makes work her life until it causes health problems. Recovering with relatives in her hometown of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, Dena must confront her feelings about herself and her mysterious mother who disappeared when she was fifteen. Her journey to discover what happened to her mother was the most interesting portion of the book. I was shocked by the reasoning behind her mother's disappearance. I never saw it coming. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, it wasn't as much of an issue but I can understand how painful it must have been to give up her child. Well worth your time. If you like this type of title, you should also try Billie Letts and Jodi Picoult.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mo Willems Delight

For adult fans of Mo Willems delightful children's books Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny, follow up with his equally delightful biography of the year he spent traveling the world shortly after graduating from college. Willem's humorous look at the world through his unique artwork is well worth your time. While size might hinder some, You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons is a quick read and you'll find yourself chuckling aloud.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Beautiful Book of the Week!

I've decided to start a new feature on my blog in order to force myself to post at least once a week. So, I will be posting books I've encountered that, to me, are beautiful. Either beautiful covers, illustrations or overall work. Basically whatever strikes my fancy. Hopefully, this will introduce some new and old titles to my readers.

Monumental Verses
J. Patrick Lewis

Who are you people?

Are you passionate about your hobbies? So much so that people call it an obsession? Well, you're not the only one! In her book Who Are You People?: A Journey into the Heart of Fanatical Passion in America , Shari Caudron explores people's inner passions as she searches for her own. Barbie doll collectors, pigeon racers, furries, and Andy Griffith reenactors are just a few of the fans she encounters in her travels. A great, light read. Recommended highly!