Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The Three Books of July.
I meant to read more this summer but it didn't really happen. Grad school, travel, sewing and about twenty other things I did to check off the summer manifesto items got in the way. It's just hard not to compare it to a month like May when I was still working and yet read six books.
The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat has been on a few "must read" lists for 2013, including a list from NPR. It's the story of three African American friends in a small town in Indiana, and it follows them from their high school years to middle aged. It was good but fits in the category of "friends going through life together" drama books. It's better than Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons and definitely better than Wednesday Sisters. If you're not familiar with this genre, I recommend you start with this one. It was well written and engaging, and there are definitely reasons why it is on all those must read lists.
The Art Forger was a birthday gift from Abbey. It was delightful! She gave it to me so I could read it before we heard Barbara Shapiro speak with Rainy Day Books. It takes place in Boston, which makes it automatically awesome. Then the author adds in some mystery, love, famous artists and creates a fast read that keeps you going. I immediately told my friend Andrea who works at Christie's about it because it makes you rethink art, what is real and what is not. As an aside, I'm super mad Rachel never took me to the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. Guess I better go back to Boston.
Someday Someday Maybe was written by my beloved Lauren Graham. In my book, she can do practically no wrong, but I didn't love love this book like I thought I might. There was plenty of buzz about her new book, but most of my book club decided we fundamentally didn't care if the main character Franny made it as an actress in New York. But that might not be your opinion. My favorite scrapbooker just wrote about how much she loved it AND according to Huffington Post it could be a tv show. Go figure.
If you're looking for new books to add to your list, I'd add The Art Forger first and then Earl's.