Maybe you're sick of reading what I think about books. Here are some reviews submitted by library patrons, as part of this winter's adult reading promotion.Their Eyes Were Watching God
, Zora Neale Hurston
This is one of my favorite reads! Janie was very determined.Want No Sugar, Don't
, J.D. Mason
This is definetly a must read! I read this book in one day.Afterburn
This is the best book I've read! Rayne's mother kept me laughing.God Don't Like Ugly
, Mary Monroe
This book certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.I Say A Little Prayer
, E. Lynn Harris
Chauncey Greer was a tough act in deed! I enjoyed reading this book 3 times.This Heart of Mine
, Susan Elizabeth Phillips
We need more books by authors who can write like Phillips--very entertaining.The Principles and Power of Vision
, Dr. Myles Munroe
If you want to learn about who you are, where you're going, and how to fullfill your dreams please Read.New Spirit Filled Life Bible
It equip you for what's you're studying.
Three more books:Our Dumb World
Parody atlas, from The Onion
. It's not as good as America: The Book
, that's for sure. If you like that Onion sense of humor, though, it's worth checking out.There Is A Bird On Your Head!
, Mo Willems
I'm a fan of Willems' simple illustration style and mildly absurdist sense of humor. He's better known for the Knuffle Bunny
and Don't Let the Pigeon...
books. This one is from the Elephant & Piggie
series, which seems to be an attempt to break into the easy-reader market. If you like the pigeon books, you'll probably also like these.Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art
, Claudia Walde.
If we're in the midst of a graffiti/street-art renaissance, it's mostly because of the Internet. Thames & Hudson has been doing a great job of documenting these art-world micro-movements, and this book is no exception. Recommended for artists, art lovers and, naturally, graffiti heads.
Three books:Last Night at the Lobster
, Stewart O'Nan. A fairly short workplace novella which takes place at a New England Red Lobster, over the span of the last day before closing forever. I wouldn't've minded more shoptalk, because I'm into that kind of thing, but it's definitely worth reading. (Gossip: this is probably my second-favorite book with 'lobster' in its name.)The Final Country
, James Crumley.
Lately, I've been interested in genre-as-ghetto. Crumley's one of those authors, like Neal Stephenson or Kurt Vonnegut or somebody, who falls into a sort of limbo--too literary for genre fiction, too genre for literary fiction. It's an interesting spot. Like dub reggae or 12-bar blues, part of the appeal of genre writing is in its conventions. But part of the appeal of art is the way it comments on these conventions, and stretches and strains against them and whatnot. Tension. That's something crime-fiction readers like, right?Patterns of the Earth
, Bernard Edmaier
Too beautiful to be a science book, too scientific to be an art book. I love books like this.
Remember when I said I was going to write something about every book I read in 2008? Here's a book I read in 2008: The Abstinence Teacher
, by Tom Perrotta. I think this is a pretty good book. Perrotta's pretty much steadily broadened his literary ambitions over the course of his novelistic career, but his skills with characterization, and his comic timing, remain intact. After the success of Little Children
, I figure it's a safe bet that someone bought the film rights. If you want to read it without picturing Reese Witherspoon or Kate Winslet in the major roles, you'd better hurry.
Proctor & Gamble
American Home Products
--written on a post-it, found in a library book
i love to play at home with my borther and i juist to make him mad and i do that juist for fun and i love to hide his suff too. make him mad at me and i tell my mommy no him i,m so so so gald dat we are moving too a new house and i have too. share a room with my crying brother so i,m not happy about that my mommy will have her own room i feel bad about dat man i do not like sharing room with my brother so i don,t have my own room i want my own room for chismas i kown stana clues is goin too. give me what i want. and i want to get e
--found, on a typewritten sheet of paper, next to one of the library computers
I spent a lot of yesterday learning more about this nonprofit called Givewell
. I think it's an interesting story.
Happy new year.