Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Books I read May 2016
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner ***
Like every book I read this month, I liked this one. Although it made me a little paranoid, like maybe I shouldn't have raided the stash of leftover oxycodone from my kids' wisdom teeth extractions when I hurt my knee last January. It's about a woman who becomes addicted to prescription painkillers. It is tragic but also hopeful (and don't worry, I didn't become addicted to oxycodone).
Heft by Liz Moore ***
This was maybe my favorite book I read all month. It's about a severely obese man (so big he's home bound and can't go upstairs). It's also about a teenage boy with a dysfunctional family and how their lives intersect.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova ***
Years ago I read this book for book club. This month I read it again for book club. Same book, different club. And since I rarely remember what I read, I had to reread it so I could join in the discussion. It's about a brilliant Harvard professor, who at the age of 50 is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. It was depressing and I spent the book mad at her husband and then worrying if I couldn't remember where I put my keys.
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott ***
I was hesitant to read this one because I thought it was by the same author who wrote A God in Ruins and that book was straight up crazy. That was Kate Atkinson though. This was entirely different. It was set during the 30s and the main character is a young woman, fresh out of college who moves to CA and aspires to be a screenwriter. She works on the set of Gone With the Wind (which was fun to read about) and becomes friends with Carole Lombard (which was also fun to read about).
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf ***
This book is for June's book club (me = ahead of the game). When the lady in book club presented it, we all said, "What?!?" and after I read it and was describing it to Adam he said, "What?!?"
Bear with me. It was a good book. It's about two people, neighbors and widows, in their 70s. The woman asks the man if he'll come over and sleep in her bed with her at night so she'll sleep better and not be lonely. Of course scandal ensues including but not limited to their children. It was sweet though. And unconventional.