books

Mar 31 2013

Tale for the Time Being, a

author: 
Ozeki, Ruth

There's a lot to love, literarily, in Ruth Ozeki's metafictive split narrative novel, but it's not the fastest read. I was completely engaged in the parts of the book that are the diary of a bullied, out-of-place Japanese teenager, but found the second person story about the characters Ruth and Oliver (the author and her husband's real names) and their cat Schrödinger (not their cat's real name) less compelling. I didn't dislike it, but it was a struggle, like Ruth's life.

reviewdate: 
Mar 30 2013
isn: 
978-0-670-02663-0
Mar 24 2013

Requiem

author: 
Oliver, Lauren

I think I've read too many YA dystopias lately, because I can barely keep them straight. This one is the end of the trilogy that started with Delirium. The concept, that love is regarded as a disease, and that people are surgically cured upon turning eighteen, is pretty cool. In Requiem we find our heroine wondering if she'd prefer to be happy (cured) or free (starving in the Wilds). Frankly I often wonder the same thing, regarding how medicated we modern folk are.

reviewdate: 
Mar 21 2013
isn: 
978-0-06-201453-5
Mar 21 2013

Calling Invisible Women

author: 
Ray, Jeanne

If it's not bad enough that menopausal women feel invisible, in Ray's world, a pharmaceutical cocktail of antidepressant, bone density, and hormone pills with a one-time spritz of Botox causes some women to actually go invisible.

Quotations: 

I'm a librarian. I have good research skills. I didn't lose my job because nobody cares whether or not librarians are invisible.

reviewdate: 
Mar 17 2013
isn: 
978-0-307-95551-7
Mar 18 2013

On the Ground: an Illustrated History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.

author: 
Stewart, Sean

I probably shouldn't take full credit for reading this one. Basically I looked at the pictures and read only the stuff from the 3 women (vs. 22 men) with interviews in this oral history.

reviewdate: 
Mar 14 2013
isn: 
978-1-60486-455-7
Mar 17 2013

Prodigy

author: 
Lu, Marie

Following Legend, Prodigy is a tale of a divided, dystopic America, from the perspective of the commie side's two most notorious outlaws, both fifteen. They discover that the corporate side is no heaven either, nor is the resistance of the former that they've been drawn into supporting.

reviewdate: 
Mar 13 2013
isn: 
978-0-399-25675-9
Mar 10 2013

Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam, the

author: 
Wilson, G. Willow

A middle-class white American who grew up atheist comes out as Muslim. Though she has to convert officially to be square with Egypt, the way Wilson describes her relationship with the religion calls to mind realizing or accepting that you're gay, not becoming so.

Quotations: 

Personality, that compromise between one's soul and one's culture.

reviewdate: 
Mar 8 2013
isn: 
978-0-8021-1887-5
Mar 03 2013

Chocolate Money, the

author: 
Norton, Ashley Prentice

Through the first two parts of this well-written novel, you feel sorry for the poor little rich girl, whose heiress single mother is a cruel parent, when she can be bothered to pay attention to her daughter.

reviewdate: 
Feb 28 2013
isn: 
978-0-547-84004-8
Feb 25 2013

Data, a Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match

author: 
Webb, Amy

Amy Webb, a journalist and serious data geek decides she's going to meet her husband through JDate. After a few bad dates she realizes that it's going to take more than posting snippets from her résumé into her profile and responding to invitations from whatever guy seems cool to find her beshert, so she launches an obsessive data gathering operation, which ultimately works.

reviewdate: 
Feb 24 2013
isn: 
978-0-525-95380-7
Feb 25 2013

Beautiful Creatures

author: 
Garcia, Kami
Stohl, Margaret

I read Beautiful Creatures because it's vampire YA, and I tend to like that sort of thing, but what I liked most about it was the depiction of life in a small southern town. Although authored by women it's told from a teenage boy's point of view. Since I mostly eschew books written by men, don't meet a lot of male narrators, and it's kind of neat to spend time in a dude's head once in awhile.

reviewdate: 
Feb 22 2013
isn: 
978-0-316-04267-3
Feb 25 2013

Blood Trail

author: 
Huff, Tanya

This time our visually impaired private detective is tracking a killer of werewolves, which she didn't even know existed until the end of the first chapter, and she's doing so in rural Ontario. A lot of times I didn't entirely follow Huff's connections, but I still found the book compelling and am intrigued enough by the hint that a cop character could be transgender that I'll read the third installment.

reviewdate: 
Feb 17 2013
isn: 
978-0-7564-0387-4