Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 22, 2014
Here's the real story:
At Bondi Beach, in Sydney, Australia, where I am for winter break, on the other side of the date line
He is reading For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. He likes to read both old and new books, for balance. Before this he read the most recent Bourne book, The Bourne Ascendancy, by Eric Van Lustbader.
Some of his favorite books are the Lord of the Rings series, by J.R.R. Tolkien. He also really liked a crime trilogy by Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park, Polar Star, and Red Square, set in the time in which the Soviet Union was collapsing.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 15, 2014
He likes the St. James Bible's Old and New Testaments and a book about angels (Book of Angels?) I wasn't sure if there was an A or a The at the beginning of the title and when I looked online, I found that the difference in article is two different books.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 08, 2014
No post today. Check back on Monday. I almost went out in the rain to find a reader, but home was just way too cozy.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 01, 2014
From the top of her head, some of her favorite books are Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; crime novels by Jo Nesbø (a Norwegian author) and Michael Connelly; and the Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling. When I told her I was reading The Secret History, by Donna Tartt, she said to add that to the list of favorites and that that book, and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones were two books that she consumed in one sitting.
She reads in English when the books are set in English-speaking places. For example, she said that she threw out her Norwegian translation of Gone with the Wind because of how the translator handled dialect. People who were harvesting cotton using the same dialect as potato farmers in Norway and she knew the story wasn't taking place in Norway, so it was too disorienting. The English version, she said, is better.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 24, 2014
One of her favorite books is East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. She likes it for the humanity. There's a character, she said, who wants to commit suicide, but doesn't because someone tells him to pretend he's happy instead. She thought that was good advice. Other authors she likes include Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, November 19, 2014
He said he goes through phases of reading -- A Jack London phase, a Jane Austen phase. One of his favorite Jack London books is The Valley of the Moon, which takes place in Oakland and Napa. Persuasion was his favorite of Jane Austen's books. I asked him if he would be reading more books about Roanoke and he said he didn't think so - this is the latest book on the topic, and he wouldn't want to read anything less current, but he might read about Jamestown next.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 17, 2014
Something good she's read lately was from a series called Drawing Room Confessions, by Mousse Publications, which she picked up in a gallery in Oslo. The series has interviews of people who are interviewed from 3 different perspectives. For example, the book she read was about the artist, Luis Camnitzer, as interviewed by two 17-year old girls, an artist, and the former mayor of Bogotá . On the cover of the books in the series is a photograph of an actor who the person interviewed would like to be played by if a movie was made about their life.
link), Helguera's idea of "double removal," is described -- that the the donated books in the shop, "await new lives, new meanings, through the possession of a new owner."
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, November 12, 2014
He is reading The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, by Natalie Angier. It was recommended by his ex-girlfriend. He was looking for a pop sci book that would give a more complete picture than the other pop sci books he was reading -- Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, by Michael Pollan, and Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, by Mary Roach. He is interested in reading about science, but doesn't like to read text books.
One of his favorite books is Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy, which he just read. He also really liked Danny, the Champion of the World, a children's book by Roald Dahl.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 10, 2014
His favorite book is Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Jail, by Rusty Young, about an Englishman who is a drug runner and gets stuck in a Bolivian jail. When the author was backpacking in South America he took a tour of a prison and met the person who he would write the book about. He wound up bribing a guard to let him stay, and share a cell with the drug trafficker, so he could continue to interview him and learn about life in prison.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, November 05, 2014
She is reading Down the Rabbit Hole, by the Mexican author, Juan Pablo Villalobos. It's about a child whose father is a drug baron. She found it at Green Apple books, on their sale table at the front of the store. She said that her rule about buying books is that if she reads the first page and wants to read further, than she gets the book.
One of her favorite books is Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins. She read it 16 years ago and she won't read it again because she's afraid that if she does, it will have lost its luster. She is unwilling to test the theory that a good book stands up over time. She also liked Skinny Legs and All by the same author. She likes Tom Robbins because his is absurdist without being too absurd.
Another author she really likes is the French author, film maker/director, David Foenkinos. She likes his books for his narrative voice.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 03, 2014
One of his own favorite authors is the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård, who was recommended by a friend. Knausgård has written 6 biographical novels about his life. He said the author's life isn't really that interesting, but what makes the books good is the poetic language. He also said that Knausgård is controversial in Norway because he writes about his friends and family and doesn't change names.
Les Particules élémentaires) in Paris last summer, also sitting on a wooden bench with a great view. Here's the link.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, October 29, 2014
She is reading Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin (my flash washed out the picture). It's the San Francisco Public Library's One City One Book book for 2014, but that's not why she's reading it. The reason is that she was reading a collection of essays by Joan Didion which mentioned San Francisco, and as a result, she remembered that she had this book (about San Francisco) on her shelf.
One of the best books she's read lately has been Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 27, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Her favorite book right now is called Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard. She picked it up because she'd just moved to Toronto from Iceland and wanted to immerse her self in the natural world. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek has lots of descriptions of nature, she said. It's set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in the 1970s.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 20, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, October 15, 2014