Hello blog followers. Today’s post is brought to you by reader and fabulous blogger in her own right Alison Doherty as I’m still taking a break from the blogosphere (but should be back Tuesday )
Hi friends, I’m Alison Doherty from the blog Hardcovers and Heroines. I’m taking advantage of Cross(stitch) Your Heart’s radio silence to share with you some books I will be reading soon. Here are books I’m adding to my to-read list this week and think you should too!
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris: A book of humorous personal essays describing experiences ranging from a first colonoscopy to a Valentines Day visit to a London taxidermy shop. I’ve read several Sedaris books before, and they never fail to make me laugh so hard that I almost wet my pants (which I think we all know is code for pee just a little bit). The delightfully whimsical cover and title heightened my interest, but Sedaris’ hysterical interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show last week catapulted this book to the top of my must read list.
Daily Show Clip: http://www.hulu.com/watch/488703
Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald: I’m still suffering from a bit of Gatsby fever, which has me wanting to reread this novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. Many consider the book a companion novel to Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, but I think it’s a good book in its own right. The narrative parallels the couple’s life together and tells the story of a famous beauty/aspiring ballerina struggling in pursuit of motherhood, marriage, fame, and sanity. I think fans of The Great Gatsby, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s other books, will find it interesting to read Zelda’s perspective of the disintegration of her and Scott’s epic love story and the unique place their holds in literary history.
Bumped by Megan McCafferty: Part dystopian novel and part pregnancy pact, Bumped follows Melody and Harmony, twins separated at birththrough a world where a virus has made everyone older than eighteen infertile.High school sex ed classes begin promoting unprotected sex and aspiring parents pay teenage girls to conceive and birth children for them. Melody has accepted a conception contract and is looking for the right partner to “bump” with, while Harmony was raised in a religious community, which believes “pregging” for a profit is a sin. As a huge fan of McCafferty’s Jessica Darling Series, I can’t wait to start reading Bumped and its sequel Thumped.
Dear Lifeby Alice Munro: I started reading Alice Munro when I saw her listed as a favorite author of two of my favorite authors: Amy Bloom and Curtis Sittenfeld.She quickly became a favorite of mine, as well as the subject of my thesis. Even though most people have never heard of her, many consider Munro one of the best short story writers of all time. Seriously, I had a professor who said in a thousand years people would remember Homer, Shakespeare, and Alice Munro. But don’t worry she’s easier to understand than both of them. I’m most excited for the finale section, which contains four stories which Munro describes as, “autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely in fact.” It will be hard not to flip to the back of the book and read them first.