Dec. 6th, 2010

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I thought maybe I'd stop bothering to do my little write-ups, but I want to catch up, because I do like looking back at them later on. Trouble is, if I keep doing them months later, I won't remember anything about the books/movies/plays!

Let's see what I remember about August:

August: Osage County -Tracy Letts
I saw this play in Toronto last year, and it's coming here to Vancouver next year, so I thought I'd read the libretto. It's so intense, and darkly funny and upsetting. Not quite the same right on the page, but a play is really meant to be seen, or at least heard out loud. I cannot confirm or deny that I occasionally read scenes out loud to myself, playing all the characters.

Great House -Nicole Krauss
I remember quite liking this, but the details have faded pretty fast. It's a bit dense, and I didn't love it like I loved her previous novel "The History of Love", but this is still a beautifully written, sad novel. There are several different plots and a big, imposing desk that ties the many characters together.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian -Sherman Alexie
I loved loved loved this!! Why hadn't I read any Alexie before? Everyone should go read this right now.

Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture -Daniel Radosh
I have a definite fascination for books about mysterious religious things I don't understand. Radosh wrote a great, funny and informative overview of, well, the title says it all. I knew a certain amount about, say, Christian pop, but my eyes were opened to the worlds of Christian movies, theme parks, romance novels, pro wrestling, you name it. Great book.

Going In Circles -Pamela Ribon
Yay,! I still feel all proprietary and proud when a blogger I've read for years starts writing books! This third novel was her best yet, I think. The main character goes through a divorce and takes up roller derby. It's funny, and sad, and a good quick little read.


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