What are you reading this fall?
Posted 23 September 2003 - 12:06 PM
Just recently I realized how much my math and physics skills have deteriorated, so I’m starting to read some math and physics books, popular books rather than textbooks. Nothing really heavy duty. My mind needs the exercise.
Every season I make it a point to read some dance related book. This fall, however, I have absolutely nothing in mind. I’m considering getting a Spanish dance how-to, history, or even dictionary because I’m going to take up Spanish dance next year. Thinking about reading Doris Humphrey’s autobiography too. Just scanning the Princeton Book Company catalogue, the following are possibilities: Moving Music: dialogues with music in twentieth century ballet; Inside Tap (want to do that also). I don’t know. To be honest, I’m not that enthusiastic about dance as a subject for reading. If I had to make a choice right now, I’d get Doris Humphrey’s autobiography.
This last summer, I read quite a few art history books and will probably continue. Those I get from the library. I tend to bring home those with relatively many pictures and few words.
For pure guilty pleasure, right now I’m hot for Perry Mason stories. Though I’m a slow reader, they are a fast read and once I get one home, I am glued to the couch until I finish.
Posted 23 September 2003 - 12:17 PM
The book I really want to read, though, is "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America," by David von Drehle, who is a superb newspaper writer (at The Washington Post). It's about a fire in a sweatshop in New York in 1911 that killed about 150 workers, mostly young immigrant women, and led to much political and social reform.
Posted 24 September 2003 - 08:20 AM
Of course I'm looking forward in November to the book about Balanchine with photos by Costas.
Posted 25 September 2003 - 01:48 PM
Posted 25 September 2003 - 03:35 PM
Among my required reading for school this semester is "The Hydrogen Economy -- The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth" by Jeremy Rifkin.
For my b-day this week I received "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris. Each passage can be read in a few minutes -- perfect before bed.
Also reading Faith Sullivan's "What A Woman Must Do." Enjoy Sullivan's work, including "The Cape Ann" and "The Empress of One."
Was also given recently 'The Book That Changed My Life," wherein "fifteen of America's most influential authors discuss their own special literary choices."
Waiting for Fannie Flagg's next venture, whatever it may be -- loved "Standing in the Rainbow."
Any poetry readers out there?
Posted 25 September 2003 - 04:52 PM
by Alexandra Tomalonis. It's beautifully written. I will write more after I finish it.
Posted 25 September 2003 - 06:54 PM
Funny Face - I gave my son "Me Talk Pretty One Day", but haven't read it myself. Maybe I should.
Posted 25 September 2003 - 07:34 PM
John Knowles' "A Separate Peace" made a big impression on me in my 20s. Anything by Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner. Read "Pride and Prejudice" and then see every film version ever done -- that's fun. Including "Bridge Jones's Diary," which will hit you halfway through the movie that it's actually a modern day take on P&P. And I highly recommend that all women, if they haven't already done so, read the entire Anne of Green Gables series right through the lives of Anne's children. Mark Twain said that no one penned better tales of childhood, and I quite agree. You'll end up feeling all's right with the world.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 05:41 PM
And now I've begun another book my daughter's begged me to read: Daniel Quinn's "Story of B". I hope to begin "Bel Canto" later this week if a friend remembers to send it along to me.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 07:05 PM
I didn't know that "Bridget Jones' Diary" (read the book, haven't seen the movie) was supposed to be Pride and Prejudice (I can't recall whether or not I've read P&P). Wasn't the movie Clueless supposed to be "Emma", or am I confused?
I've read both The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence. I'm trying to decide whether or not to try more of Wharton - I found both books fascinating, but depressing.
I'll check into Atonement, too, since it seems to be a winner.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 07:37 PM
I also adore the Anne of Green Gables books. I've read just about everything that L.M. Montgomery wrote. I was sad to read that she struggled greatly with depression throughout her life. If I remember correctly she was married to a rigid minister and the marriage wasn't a happy one.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:06 PM
The Bridget Jones/P&P analogy struck me mid-movie. Yes, I was aware that Colin Firth played both Darcys. And as the story unfolds, you become more aware of the similarities. But I had never actually read anything about the similarities, and felt I had discovered them by myself.
And yes, "Clueless" is supposed to be a modern day "Emma."
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:13 PM
I've now finished The Nanny Diaries. You're right.
Funny at the beginning, but quite sad (poignant) towards the end.
(To make it worse, a friend told me a false, happy ending to the story, and I was expecting resolution!)
I saw a Spanish copy of it at Barnes and Noble today and indulged.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:50 PM
I was so excited when the "Betsy-Tacy Companion" came out. All those photographs are priceless.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 10:06 PM
When she moved out, she took the series, but left the Companion. Maybe I'll "adopt" it .
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