- Fizzy Thoughts: Ho-hum


Monday, December 03, 2007

Last week's reads:

I really don't feel like reviewing either one, but I'll choke out a few words.

Sixpence House, by Paul Collins, is non-fiction. Collins and his wife decide to move to Hay-on-Wye, that cute little Welsh town that is devoted to used book stores. After striking out on finding a house to buy, they pack up after a few months and move back to the US. Obviously, there's more to it than that. But not much. Needless to say, it didn't rock my world.

Digging to America, by Anne Tyler, is a little harder to describe. It tells the stories of two families who both adopt Korean babies. Told from the viewpoint of various family members over the next six or so years, it is an interesting book. The two families are totally different (the Donaldson's are PC Americans full of advice, the Yazdans an immigrant family, assimilated yet still with their own traditions) and I enjoyed reading about the differences between them and speculating on how these differences will impact the lives of the little girls they adopted. However, I'm not sold on Anne Tyler's style. It seems abrupt. But I'm also in a bit of a slump when it comes to choosing books...I feel like Goldilocks. Nothing is quite right.

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In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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