Book Review: Landline

LandlineWell, Dear Readers, I’m less than a week from beginning the summer semester, and I only read one book (I attempted another, but had to put it down. I hate doing that, but life’s too short for bad books, ya know?).

So anyway, I don’t want to give away too much about Landline, but basically, it’s about Georgie, who is married to Neal and has two kids, and is also a career woman with a best friend/co-worker who has high expectations for her professionally. Over one Christmas, Georgie gets a huge project dropped in her lap, and decides to stay in California while her family goes to the Midwest without her.

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Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

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I don’t remember why I picked up this book – I think I became a little more interested in mystery-type novels after going on a huge Gillian Flynn kick last year. Speaking of whom, I only found out after I read this book that it was being called “the next Gone Girl,” and I have to say, I’m really glad I didn’t know that before I started reading. Dear reader, my best advice to you if you’re going to read this book is to put this comparison aside. I don’t think it’s fair to either book to compare them.

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Book Review: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Before I jump in to the review, I just want to take a quick second to brag: It’s my two year blog-o-versary! Thank you to everyone who reads! If you want to see my most-read posts, definitely start out with my Black Friday post, which was Freshly Pressed, then look at this one and this one.

Now on to the review:

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

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I recently finished Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. I know, I know. I’m a late David Sedaris bandwaggoner, but I had attempted to read Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim several times and just couldn’t get on board. I’m so happy I gave Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls a shot, though, because it did not disappoint.

The book contains several essays that are hilarious, zany, inexplicable, and sad. My favorite essay is about a taxidermy shop where Sedaris considers buying a murdered pygmay’s skeleton. Yeah. Let that sink in a minute.

While that essay is probably the most off the wall in the book, it does illustrate the thing I liked best about Sedaris: he is undeniably, unapologetically, quirky. You know those weird habits you have when you’re alone in your house, that you’d never admit to anyone else? Sedaris specializes in writing about stuff like that. It’s almost like the more weird the stories got, the more I identified with him. I love that in a writer.

He also loves satire, which I was on board with, but I must say that the thicker he laid on the the sarcasm, the less I liked the story. The last bit of the book is also more fictional, and Sedaris takes on other characters. I thought this was a bit confusing at first, and I have to admit I liked the first chunk of the book much better. Sedaris is at his best, in my opinion, when he’s being heartfelt.

In all, I would recommend this book to almost anyone. It’s hilarious most of the way through, and I finally overcame my David Sedaris block and had a lot of fun. What more can you ask for in a book?

Have you read any good books lately? Any plans for good summer reading? Any suggestions for what I should write about in my third year of blogging?

Book Review: Freefall to Fly

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Freefall to Fly is Rebekah Lyons’ memoir about a jarring move from Atlanta to New York City, the panic that induced, and how she escaped the trapped feeling.

I actually discussed this book with a group of other women who had read it, and only after the discussion with them did I come to the conclusion that this book could be for almost anybody, but it is certainly not for everybody. What do I mean by that? I mean, I know a good portion of any given group of people I would recommend this book to would probably like it, but I have no idea how to tell which people they would be.

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Book Review – 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

This is the true story of one woman’s (Jen Hatmaker) year of saying “no.” She identified 7 areas of excess in her life and spent one month each eliminating those things (then she took a two week break in between the months, so it comes out to just under a year). Do not let me understate this: she was hardcore. For example, one month she gave up every piece of clothing in her closet except for seven. Woa.

Now, this book is written from a Christian point of view, but I would still recommend it to anyone interested in our American culture of waste, greed and excess. “7 resonates with people already carrying tension about what enough really means,” Ms. Hatmaker says.

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