Three Books, From Me to You

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I don't really do reviews, it takes too much serious thought to figure out what I really like about a book, and then if I do, it ends up being too personal to share anyway.

But I am going to tell you three good books right now. I'm not going to review them; I'm just going to recommend them. Don't be mad, it's just how I am. Lazy.

The first is The Magician's Assistant, by Ann Patchett. Do you already love Ann Patchett? Here is a sentence out of this book, "While Iowa struggled through the bitter knife of winter and New York folded in crime and the South remained backwards and divided, Los Angeles pushed her slender feet into the sand along the Pacific and took in the sun." Boy do I like that sentence.

Okay, next is Malinche, by Laura Esquivel, the author of Like Water for Chocolate. I'm reading Malinche right now and I promise it is fascinating. Malinche was Cortes' native interpreter and lover.

My last recomendation is There, Their, They're: A No-Tears Guide to Grammar From the Word Nerd. This is super handy for answering your quick grammar questions when you're writing your blog and WAY shorter and more user friendly than, say, The AP Stylebook. My sweet mother-in-law has been recovering from a surgery and I learned that all this time I've been talking about her being "nauseous", totally insulting, she's "nauseated!" So helpful.

4 Responses to “Three Books, From Me to You”

  1. I almost breezed past that last bit. Thanks for the plug. :)

  2. Yay!!! I LOVE book recommendations. Give me more!!!!

  3. I am going to read this post aloud at my next Book Club meeting when it's time for each of us to suggest books for the club to read. And, I'm going to redeem my Amazon gift certificate in about two minutes to buy all three books. I LOVE THIS POST! I have all the books you've given me or recommended to me lumped together on my shelves (my own personal Dewey decimal system) because your suggestions invariably become my favorites.

  4. YAY! Thanks for helping me get this set up....but geez....whodathought it would be so involved....on your last blog site, it was simple enough for me!

    Thanks for the book recommendations....I'm reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout and love the writing in this one, too. "The tulips bloomed in ridiculous splendor." That's the best one on the page I opened, but there are better examples. Yours was outstanding. I do love authors who can put words together so artfully.


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