Point the First: Thank you everyone for your very kind and supportive comments on my big “I’m Moving!” announcement earlier this week. I’m not going to have time to respond to all the comments, but they mean the world to me. It’s really amazing how supportive online communities can be.
Point the Second: I recently had a review published in our local newspaper for Paul Farmer’s new book, Haiti: After the Earthquake. You might be familiar with Farmer because of Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains, which is one of my favorite narrative nonfiction reads.
Haiti: After the Earthquake is a collection of first-person accounts by Farmer and his colleagues about what life was like in Haiti in the year after the January 12, 2010 earthquake struck hear the capitol, Port-Au-Prince. I enjoyed the book quite a bit — it’s funny, sad, and thought-provoking all at the same time. If you’re at all curious about Haiti or larger discussions about the role of government and NGOs in recovery efforts around the globe, this is a book to check out.
Point the Third: I am struggling to find the words to get some recent reviews written and posted. I blame the Dangerous Record Heat Wave and The Impending Move, but there could be other factors at play here.
I’m just four reviews behind, but honestly, I just can’t find the momentum to get started. Instead of staring at the computer feeling like slamming my fists on the keyboard hoping words come out, I decided to turn to all of you one more time. I’m going to solicit questions about each of my four unreviewed books, then use those to help me get started. Here’s what I’ve got:
- The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry — This book is a nonfiction account of the murders that inspired the play/musical/movie Chicago. I read it over my 4th of July vacation at the lake, and it was a perfect nonfiction choice for reading by the beach.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett — If you don’t know even a little about what The Help is about, then you must live under a rock even bigger than the rock I live under. This is the book my sister and I are reading together for our book club, so if you have any questions about it you’ll probably get a Two-for-One answer! Great deal! (And possibly a vlog!)
- Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá — Ryan and Jethá take a crack at explaining the sexuality of our primitive ancestors and how we live today does or doesn’t fit into the behaviors we evolved to have. (Hint: Farming may have destroyed us all!) I was fascinated and skeptical while reading this one.
- Storming the Tulips by Ronald Sanders, translated by Hannie J. Voyles — This book is a pretty slim collection of essays about students in Holland during the Nazi occupation. In the intro, the translator says it can be read as a companion book to The Diary of Anne Frank, as this book is about students living out in the world while The Diary of Anne Frank is the story of a girl in hiding. I really like that comparison.
If you have any questions about these four books, leave them in the comments and I’ll use those as the basis of my review. Or, alternatively, you could just let me know which book you’re most curious to read about and I’ll use votes to decide which review to tackle first.