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Feb 09, 2011 09:44AM

2051 9. How to Read the Air by Mengestu Dinaw

the story of a very unhappy couple who emigrated from Ethiopia to the states. the story is told by their only child - a son who works for a while making up stories for others applying to get refugee statis. to fill in the empty holes of his childhood, he makes up a lot of detail to complete his parents story. some of it works - in fact a lot of it works - but by about two-thirds of the way through i was starting to lose interest. maybe it was just me. winter blaws or something, but i felt the story bogged down under the weight of all detail. the very ending was good however. a good ending is so very satisfying.

How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
Feb 05, 2011 07:32AM

2051 opps i forgot one i read just before this last book.

8. Lottery by Patricia Wood.

imagine the best - most decent - person you know placing a book in your hands saying, "you HAVE to read this!". you'd read it right?

so i did.
Feb 05, 2011 06:51AM

2051 7. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

the title of this book is what prompted me to pick it up. prime numbers - divisible only by one. does anything capture the essense of solitude like a prime number??

The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Jan 29, 2011 12:51PM

2051 6. The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman

it's a short read - a fable - and it is filled with absurd characters and unexplainable events. mmmmm .... a little like life would you say?

The Waterproof Bible
Jan 29, 2011 05:41AM

2051 thanks Cynthia - it's very kind of you to say so. good luck with your 2011 quest!
Jan 28, 2011 11:00AM

2051 Susan wrote: "Sorry for not being clear -- I read Homer and Langley. I had never heard of My Brother's Keeper or the Collyer Brothers."

i thought that was what you meant - it was more likely that Homer and Langley would make it's way into your hands, given that it is a recent publication - just wanted to be sure ...
Jan 28, 2011 10:39AM

2051 Susan: i have heard good things about Gray Gardens but have not seen it. when you say you 'read this book' do you mean you read Homer and Langley - or - the old My Brothers Keeper?

5. Far North by Marcel Theroux.

i like post apocalyptic tales. what can i say? the first half was a little slow but i certainly warmed to the story during the second half. found myself wondering if Marcel Theroux had been influenced by the novella Roadside Picnic or the movie based on that book by Tarkovsky called Stalker.

Far North
Jan 22, 2011 09:50AM

2051 4. Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow

when i was very young i read My Brother's Keeper, a fictional account of the Collyer brothers. this is a retelling of that same story. i have to say it is interesting to revisit this almost heroic tale of the fight by two reclusive, hoarding, damaged men to retain their right to choose. even to choose badly should that be their desire. the first time i read it i was way too young to appreciate their story.
Jan 14, 2011 12:45PM

2051 A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

this is a curiousity of a book. it's very modern construct reminds me of Marshall McCluhan's famous statement about the medium becoming the message. i kind of think this novel is exactly that.

i don't quite know what to make of it - kind of the way i don't know what to make of life.
Jan 08, 2011 07:04AM

2051 2. Just Kids by Patti Smith.

perfectly titled, Smith tells the story of the friendship between her and Robert Mapplethorpe. she writes simply and clearly, with a minimum of self-indulgence which is a real danger for writers of memoirs. the days she writes of are heady heady times, and their friendship is beautiful and transcends the every day ego-trippin pitfalls of most relationships.

so you do not have to be particularly interested in either Smith or Mapplethorp to enjoy this story of their relationship and the New York scene in the late sixties / early seventies.
Jan 06, 2011 08:43AM

2051 1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

most of what i know about Frankenstein is from the James Whale black and white movie. well ...that movie and all the parodies and the halloween costumes.

what you may not know about this novel:

Frankenstein is NOT the monster. Dr. Victor Frankenstein is the creator. the monster has no name. this is actually pretty significant.

the monster learns to express himself quite eloquently, and makes a good argument in defending his actions.

the doctor is as responsible as the monster - but not because he played God in creating life, but because he rejects and humiliates and abandons the life he creates.
Jan 03, 2011 12:41PM

2051 you'd just get addicted to patches then! l.o.l.

there are worse dark secrets than romances.

happy 2011 Donna.
Jan 03, 2011 04:57AM

2051 in 2010 (my first year in this group) i read a total of 69 books. it was great fun keeping track of what i'd read and what others were reading and i am looking forward to the 2011 challenge.

get ready
get set
go ....

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is out of the gate and off we go ....
Dec 31, 2010 12:40PM

2051 will you be back Donna - or - are you moving on to the 100 books a year group?

and happy new year!
Dec 31, 2010 12:39PM

2051 yeah i know what you mean. this is the first year i have keep track, and i too find it interesting to look back over the year's entries and to see what i have read. i didn't do quite as well as you - i got 69 completed. until now i had no idea how many i read in a year.

have a happy new year. see you in '50 books in 2011'!
Dec 31, 2010 07:18AM

2051 you've done well (in terms of number of books read. met the challenge and then some) hope you'll be around for the 2011!
Dec 28, 2010 06:12AM

2051 69. The Long Walk by Stephen King (published under the name Bachman)

meh. it's okay. nothing spectacular, though i do admire a writer (or movie director) who imposes rather austere parameters to work within, and King certainly does that as the entire novel takes place over the course of a few days (and nights) and, as the name implies concerns a walk. much like what he accomplished in The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, King shows restraint - and let's face it King is NOT well known for restraint.
Dec 24, 2010 04:13PM

2051 68. Sunset Park by Paul Auster

i LOVE this book!
Sunset Park by Paul Auster
Dec 23, 2010 06:02AM

2051 i picked up three books at the library to read over my time off. they are In The Shadow of my Father - about Orson Welles, Sunset Park - the newest by Paul Auster, and The Long Walk - a post-apocalyptic tale by Stephen King. who doesn't enjoy a good end-of-the-world tale at Christmas??

and so my last Goodreads challenge for 2010 will be to read these three and make it to 70 books read over the year.
Dec 19, 2010 03:30PM

2051 67. Ape House by Sara Gruen

comparisons are inevitable. when an author writes a novel following something as popular as Water for Elephants, comparisons are inevitable. is Ape House as good? as compelling? i don't know. i'll leave that to those who have strong views one way or the other.

i read Next of Kin a few years ago and higly recommend it to those who would like to know more about language and signing-apes.

still a couple of weeks to the new year .... i'm hoping to make it to a nicely rounded off 70 books.

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