Sep 18, 2005

Flying Leap, Judy Budnitz

This book was recommended to me by one of the other bloggers on here - ray.

I had been reading a string of fairly boring and totally not recommendable books, thus the lack of posts for a while, and this one finally broke that god-awful streak.

I love short stories, which this is a collection of. I love them 'cuz they cut to the chase, they mix it up, they are a bit raw - there's no time or space for slowly getting the reader acclimated to a character or a situation, it's sink or swim.

And what I love about this particular collection of short stories is that the author makes use of a style you see often with south and central american authors but not so much elsewhere. Fantastical realism. This is not to say fantasy, not at all. It's just that things happen that don't really happen in real life to sort of push people and expose their emotions and who they are through how they react. Like in the second story, the character's mother is dying and his aunts pressure him to donate his heart. The doctor pressures him, too, as does his girlfriend. And through that action we see what kind of crazy things people think and do.

I don't think I'm explaining this particularly well, which is sad because I really really loved most of these stories (I think some at the end of the book are a little dull). In fact, that story I was referring to earlier I actually recognized - it had been read on my all time favorite radio program ever - This American Life. (It's episode 256, Living Without, in case you want to hear it.)

Sep 8, 2005

Summer Reading Books Clubs - easy extra credit!

The dates and times for the summer reading 'book clubs' have been announced. Attend one and receive a homework/extra credit pass. Meet in the library.

September 12, 6:30-7:30pm
Please talk to the librarians if you plan on attending this evening discussion.

September 20, 2:30 - 3:30pm


Born Confused


Boy Meets Boy


September 21, 2:30 - 3:30pm

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time


Vampire High

First Meetings in the Ender's Universe

The House of the Scorpion


The DaVinci Code

Ask in the library if you have any questions!