Archive for June, 2010

Bad Mother, by Ayelet Waldman

June 2, 2010

[Lesley]

Can you tell I was on vacation last week, catching up on my reading??  I really enjoyed and identified with this book.  Waldman received a lot of feedback (negative and positive) to a NY Times Magazine essay in which she said that she loved her husband more than she loved her children.  The resulting comments & discussions got her thinking about the Bad Mother/Good Mother dichotomy in our society and where most of us fit and try to fit in.  These 18 chapters cover various parts of motherhood and societal views.  At the same time, it’s funny, poignant, real-life and well-written.

Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

Tinkers, by Paul Harding

June 2, 2010

[Lesley]

This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2010 and deservedly so.  It was a remarkably small print run – about 3,500 copies by an unknown author.

Wow. One of the best books I have ever read. The format of the storytelling is mesmerizing and the life/inner life of the two main characters (one of whom is accessed through – though not only in – the memory of the dying man) are compelling in the smallest, most personal ways. The writing is gorgeous in its lyricism and simplicity.

The Girl with Glass Feet, by Ali Shaw

June 2, 2010

[Lesley]

This is a wonderful modern fairy tale more in the style of Grimm than Disney. The characters and setting were enthralling and the ending was completely satisfying. Very well written.

The Girl with Glass Feet: A Novel