Archive for August, 2012

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

August 28, 2012

[Lesley] Tricia originally posted a review of this book when she read it in Dec. 2011. I just got around to reading it finally and thought it merited a second mention.┬áHard to believe this was a first novel… The characters, the place, the game are so fully developed and rich. I’ve heard a lot of reviewers say that this is definitely not a book about baseball – and I understand that they say that so that people who aren’t into baseball won’t be turned off, but it’s not really accurate. The book is definitely not just about baseball — but the baseball piece is very important to the story and the characters. This story couldn’t be told without the baseball. I’m not a baseball fan (not even close!), but I loved that part of this novel as much as everything else. Definitely one of the best books of the year if not the decade.

A Widow’s Story, by Joyce Carol Oates

August 13, 2012

[lesley] ┬áVery evocatively written memoir about the year following the author’s husband’s sudden death. I’ve read a lot of these type of memoirs over the last few years (Still Alice, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Best Day the Worst Day, Blue Nights…) and it is fascinating how unique each person’s experience is even amongst the similarities. Oates has a particular talent in her fiction of making a character’s emotional state very present and real — she uses many of the same techniques in this memoir and the raw honesty is very moving and in places difficult to read.

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A Widow's Story