Friday, August 21, 2009

Summer Reading

Summer reading should be purely for enjoyment, relaxation or escape. It’s that “guilty pleasure” book you read at the beach or the paperback novel you buy at the airport to read on the plane. These aren't the types of books you discuss at a gallery opening with distinguished strangers, not normally anyway. They’re the kind of books you talk about at the water cooler or at lunch with friends. Here are a few of my summertime reads:
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When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
I could not buy this book fast enough after hearing David Sedaris read an excerpt from it on This American Life last fall. After receiving my online purchase in the mail, life’s busy routine prevented me from really enjoying it. So, when flying from San Antonio to Pittsburgh in July I took this book with me. Talk about guilty pleasures. I laughed so hard inside and out. All the while I kept glancing over my shoulder as if my dearly departed mother was going to catch me and give me a dirty look. It’s too well written to be “bad” but, oh my, it can’t possible be “good”. The hours I spent stuck in the middle seat flew by, no pun intended. With chapters like Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool, you get not only entertainment but an interesting prospective on art in everyday life. I’m sure this is one book I will pick up again and again to read this section or that. No need to read the whole thing through to get enjoyment but once I pick it up I doubt I’ll want to put it down.
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The Girl in the Glass by Jeffory Ford
Talk about escapism, this one is over the top. Set in the Great Depression this book’s cast of eccentric characters includes con-artists, circus side show performers, immigrants, and wealthy businessmen who all get entangled in a deadly mystery. With in a little bit of magic, a few elaborately staged seances, a budding young love story, and an albino or two this story takes it’s readers on a roller coaster ride. With no lack for drama the plot crescendos to an explosive fourth quarter and finishes with just a hint of mystery.
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Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
Bestselling author Anita Shreve brings readers back to the New Hampshire coast house featured in The Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rockers. This story is told through the splendid development of a handful of characters. As we get to better know them, and they each other the storyline progresses. Set in the winter of 1920, I was able to escape one of the hottest summers of recent Texas history even if only in my mind. I'll spare your the details and make just one suggestion. This touching story is best suited to a long quite read, whether it's on a warm summer afternoon in the park or a cold winter morning curled up on the coach.
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1 comment:

thepope2the9s said...

U have convinced me 2 check out atleast one of these books. thanks:)