Monday, September 16, 2013
Twitterature :: September
Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a monthly link-up for sharing casual, tweet-sized book reviews. Here's what I've been reading...
The Food of a Younger Land
by Mark Kurlansky
Regional food history pieced together from WPA files. I only read the "Middle West" section but really enjoyed poems "Nebraskans Eat the Wieners" and pieces about whole hog roasting. Worth perusing for history lovers and foodies.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
FINALLY got around to reading this--and even Professor read the first half or so. Conclusion: I am an introvert and that's all right. Wonderful, even.
by Sandra Steingraber
About raising kids in this environmentally-compromised world today. Honestly, this book mostly made me want to cry and hide my kids under a rock. It's not written with a "how to help or do better" tone, just "these are the horrible facts and if everything about modern life doesn't change, we're all going to die of cancer and disfiguration"...sometimes ignorance is bliss.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender
I actually checked this out because there was a note in the front about how somebody had put white out over the swear words and the next reader felt it her civic duty to write them back in and tell the world she had done so.
This was a coming-of-age story about a girl who can taste people's emotions in the food they've cooked and how it affects her whole life and family--fun-ish read, beautiful prose. Oh, and a few swear words, whited out or not, depending on your copy.
Good Poems for Hard Times
selected by Garrison Keillor
Trying to ease back into poetry reading; this was a nice, sweeping collection. The introductory essay is worth reading for itself.