Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Some Random Musings

Some random musings:

Carl Hiaasen was featured on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" in a replay of an old interview.  He is a native Floridian and contends that everyone in Florida is crazy.  He is funny, irreverent and a light mystery of his would fit the bill for a good summer read.

 Katherine Howe was so charming when she visited our library last year.  Her first book , The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, is about the Salem witch trials.  Her second book,  The House of Velvet and Glass, was just released.  It has received some very positive reviews. But - here's one very minor complaint.  It just somehow bugs me that authors (or more likely their publishers) take the title of a popular book and copy it.  One of my favorite books is The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III.  I wonder how the family of Stieg Larsson feels about copycats of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo title.  There are already several ripoffs of that unique title including a best selling I Am The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Another good summer read that you may have missed is Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer.  Her website describes the book as weaving "together three stories of human love within the larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia". US Magazine says  “Kingsolver deftly addresses the struggle between mankind and nature ... A lush ... novel of love and loss in Appalachia."

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