Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Friday, August 31, 2007

Cattiness and laughs

I just finished Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster. Her first book was Bitter is the new black. The book is a combination of essays, letters of complaint and emails to her friends and husband.

Downwardly mobile Chicagoan Lancaster is a funny woman, who rants on her life, weird neighbors, temp jobs and life not being Sex in the City. She does not suffer fools lightly. Her job interview riff on the false expectations set by Carrie in Sex in the City is a classic. Her battle with the squirrel is a keeper too. It is a quick read and a lot of fun. It does include a number of F words.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Essays from the mommy front

I fell in love with the title Why Animals Sleep So Close to the Road and other lies I tell my children. Konig has written a quick read on raising kids, backed up sewer lines, the suburbs and marriage. It was a lot of fun and I had de ja vu moments. If Mewshaw, my last read was possibly for men, this is a fun book for women to try.

Some how empty

I finished Mewshaw's memoir If You Could See Me Know. Mewshaw is an established writer, who receives a call from the past - a young woman is looking for her father. The rest of the memoir weaves back and forth between his passionate affair with her mother in the early 60's and his trying to help Amy contact her mother and the man who is really her father.

I finished the book, but must admit that I didn't understand the magic of the woman who had these men spellbound. I also was not sure why he just had to prove that he wasn't her father, even though he was willing to meet with her and everything. He seemed to really need to prove this. I wonder if somehow this book would speak more to men.