It’s happened again! After several months on the library waiting list, it was finally, finally my turn to get my hands on the book I had heard so much about: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I was so excited! I had heard so many good things. That it was one of the great works of contemporary literature. Moving. Award-winning. Incredibly done. Continue reading →
You know that moment in a book when you realize where its title came from? Sometimes it’s just a catch-all theme. Sometimes it emerges as an idea. Sometimes it’s an actual line in the book. For some reason, I always find this moment exciting. It makes me giddy. I will often mark it with one of my ever-present Post-Its, just so I can come back and relive the moment later. That’s how much I love it. Continue reading →
Before I say anything disparaging, let me first make clear that I probably live in the best public library system in the country, if not the world. The facilities are exceptional, they have an unbelievably current and comprehensive selection, the librarians are friendly and intelligent and well-read. And the wait-list system itself is wonderful and very useful. Pretty much any book you can think of, my library system has it, usually several copies, often in multiple media (i.e. hard copy, large print, CD, e-book). And I can request a hold on a book from any library in the system, to any library in the system, and it will usually be there in a week or less. Very efficient and necessary to my insatiable reading needs.
“Humankind cannot bear too much reality.” T.S. Eliot.
Based on the title alone, I had been wanting to read this book for quite some time. And the subtitle, “A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines” only further piqued my interest. Having finished the book, I find the title to be more accurate than the subtitle; this certainly seemed like a guide to how many professors dissect literature, for better or worse. But as to “lively and entertaining,” while it may be the most lively and entertaining guide of its kind, I’m not sure that’s saying much. Continue reading →
I don’t know how long this has been a thing, but just today I discovered a “Rent Book” option on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A passable idea in theory, I suppose, but the cost is just a couple dollars less than buying the book brand new, and you only get to keep it for a couple months. Unlike the movie rental industry, where you are merely paying a considerably smaller percentage of the overall price, I don’t see how this model can sustain itself. But then, what do I know? Continue reading →
Sometimes you read a book, and the characters are so well developed, so deep, so true, that you forget that they are not real people. Such was the case with The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Each has passions, each has flaws. Each has dreams and disappointments. This was a beautiful, character-driven novel, and I fell in love with all of it. Continue reading →