This Week’s Blog Posts:
Was it a memoir or a writing advice book? I’m not completely sure, but I’m leaning toward a memoir with fortune-cookie like bits of advice for novice story crafters. Dani Shapiro’s book Still Writing didn’t capture my attention as I wished it did.
If you characterize yourself as someone who “struggles with food,” you may wish to know more about why. Christy Harrison’s argument to “burn diet culture to the ground” is explored in her brand-new work, Anti-Diet. This is still a contentious conversation, one that isn’t easy to get into or hold to because society is completely against anti-dieters.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
While my attempt to read Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin was a failure (I felt the biography got bogged down in everyone Jackson ever met), there was more success with the 1989 biography Private Demons by Judy Oppenheimer. My review will be posted Tuesday.
To be both excited and bored by an audiobook about a comic movie star who falls in love with a Tennessee wildlife ranger in. How strange. I’ll explain more in my review of Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid on Thursday.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
How strange it is when a classic novel seems as if it could have been written today. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier crosses lines that were set in stone during her life, and yet there they are, crystal clear. Not implied, not hinted it, but laid bare on the page. We’ve reached the point in the novel during which I would fear for Mary Yellen’s life were she not the narrator. Pins and needles, indeed.
I’ve mentioned on a few of your blogs how I’m also reading a bit of Brad Gooch’s biography of Flannery O’Connor every night (after I read to the spouse). Though I was worried I would mix up information about Shirley Jackson from her bio and O’Connor from hers, I’m now see how two stubborn, weird little girls are splitting off very differently. Quite an engaging read thus far! I do have plans to review Flannery O’Connor’s complete collection of short stories later this year.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
Thank you to my manager at the library and Jaclyn @ Literary Treats for their suggestions!