Daily Archives: 01.03.2011

A long time coming.

Kittens, I know it’s been awhile since we’ve indulged in book club time.  This could be due to the fact that in the last two months, the amount of time I’ve had available for leisure reading has exponentially decreased.  It could also be due to my renewed effort to avoid drowning in my bounty of magazine subscriptions.

Sometimes, we don’t need to know all the answers.

A word to the wise: When you ask for magazine subscriptions as a gift, choose a manageable number like two…or three.  Not SIX.

So over my lunches, this is what I’ve been perusing lately.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

I mean, we all know that there was a time before HIPAA and informed consent and what have you.  And we all know that medical science had to start…somewhere.  But I don’t think anyone would believe that the world’s longest growing immortal cell line would belong to a woman whose descendants cannot afford, and do not have health insurance.

I’ll be honest, I never would have picked this up if my mother hadn’t lent it to me.  So absent a mother who pushes books on you, here I am.  Pushing.

let’s take the long way home, by Gail Caldwell

This one.  THIS one is kind of like Marley & Me meets The Art of Racing in the Rain meets a tale of sisterhood.  I want so badly for you to start reading and think to yourself, I know this. This is MY story too. Because if you can say that about your life, you have happiness.  You know love.

I would have sobbed at the end, had it not been for the fact that I was reading this in my office’s extremely public lunchroom.  Probably plan on having kleenex handy.

Stones Into Schools, by Greg Mortenson

If nothing else, Greg Mortenson is 11/10 about sharing his story and the story of the people in Afghanistan and Pakistan in a way that makes you want to mobilize.

That being said, I don’t really know that we really needed a second book.  It was nice to read about central Asia without all of the problems and hassles that the first book presented.  It was good, but it was also kind of the same.  If you read it, you won’t be disappointed.  But you also won’t be surprised.

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell’s writing is easy to read and interesting.  But after you’ve read one of his books, you’ve read all of his books.  And as a friend observed, if you’ve read Freakonomics, you still have kind-of read all of Gladwell’s books.

If you’re into his stuff, definitely check out Freakonomics. And if you’re not quite ready to take the running leap into reading the book, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner also write a blog over at the The New York Times by the same name.

And, as promised before, here’s our extremely belated and latest list of recommended reads.

The Millenium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson
The Glass Castle
Anything by Jodi Picoult
Anything by Chelsea Handler (I’ve read My Horizontal Life – it’s good, but if you loved I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, you’ll find it tame)
The Joy Luck Club (Tawny, I somehow managed to escape reading this one in H.S.!)
Anything by David Sedaris
Water for Elephants (Back in my book-club days I read this one – highly recommend)
Life of Pi
All Creatures Great and Small
The Gun Seller
The Hunger Games Trilogy
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (I love this book SO hard.)
Other People’s Love Letters
Bitter is the New Black
Not Ready for Mom Jeans
Madras on Rainy Days
The Help
Here on Earth
A Thread of Grace

What have you been reading lately?