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The Way Life Should Be - review and GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Way Life Should Be
Christina Baker Kline
August 2007
292 pages

Angela Russo is working as an events coordinator for a New York museum. Angela is a little bored with life, and after talking with her best friend, who claims to have found true love on the internet, Angela signs up with an online dating service. Suddenly, she's in a hot and heavy email relationship with MaineCatch. And then she's out of a job (thanks to an unfortunate incident with a fire-eater and a topiary) and headed to Maine to see if MaineCatch is the love of her life. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that he turns out to be just another bottom-feeder (hey, it's early...it's the only fishing analogy I could come up with).

Undeterred, and in love with the idea of living in Maine, Angela decides to stay on in Mount Desert Island. She finds a shack (literally) to live in, a job at a coffee shop, and new friends. And she begins to discover that she may be able to make a living (and a new life) doing what she loves (cooking). And wow, I may be setting new records with the parentheses today (and I have to add...I wrote the draft of this post, complete with excessive parentheses, before I read Queen of the Road...although after I read the book I decided I'm embracing my inner parenthesizer).

There's a bit more to the book than what I mentioned above, but not much. It's a simple story about rebuilding your life and integrating your heritage and what you love to do into your life. The back cover description led me to believe that the book starts in Maine, but it doesn't. The internet-dating portion of the book seemed to go on forever, although obviously it didn't. But I wasn't too keen on that first part of the book. However, I did like the rest of the story. It appeals to my desire to chuck it all and move to some small (okay, smaller - Morro Bay isn't exactly a thriving metropolis) town and start over. Of course, Maine is bitterly cold in winter and I turn blue, so there goes that dream.

So...you want? Leave a comment if you're interested in reading this book - tell me where you would move if you could pick up and go. I'll draw one lucky name on Friday morning.

13 comment(s):

bethany said...

oh, count me in for the draw, pretty please.

if I could pick up and move, i would go...
I would move to New Zealand and live on a farm, in a beautiful place.That is where I wold go.

pick me!!!

bkclubcare said...

Oh, I think I'll stay right where I'm at. This looks good. I almost spent a summer during college on Mt Desert Isle but chickened out and went home.

PS like the new look (and laughed at lot at all the parenthesis!)

LisaMM said...

I think I'll stay where I'm at. And I already have too many books to read, as you know :-)

(This was a really good review!!)

softdrink said...

Ohhhh, New Zealand...nice choice Bethany.

Carrie...what, you don't want to move again??

Lisa - hah! You admit it! :-D And thank you.

mumbles said...

I'd chuck it all and move to a little tiny village in the English countryside, arrange flowers for the church and write.

M said...

hm. i used to think i would go to California but not any longer. the state is too crowded.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Oxford, Mississippi
Toronto, Canada (well, i'd have to have a winter house down south.)
crap, i think i will just stay where i am.

put me in the drawing for the book too...altho, i kind of think you should give it to bethany. she seems very excited to win the book!

chartroose said...

I'd move to Scotland. It's my favorite place in the whole world, even though I haven't seen the whole world. If I were to see the whole world, then maybe I'd choose someplace else. ( ;

Me, me, me for the drawing! I'm lucky #7.

ourpartyof4 said...

You should know this by now! I would move to a nice little farmhouse in the countryside of tuscany!! Either that or a beach house in Kaua'i.... Neither of which I can afford!

ya ya's mom said...

oh pick me!! i'd pick up and move to chicago, just seems like an interesting place to be :)

caincentiv said...

Okay, I'm a guy, and I'm really beginning to believe that every other "woman's book" is about the heroine finding her way to a seacoast town (left or East coast), to find a man she hasn't met yet, or knew from her past, who may or may not work out, lovewise. She will, however, find love/cotentment/happiness/friendship/a new home in the town. I DO NOT WANT THIS BOOK... Brad

Smilingsal said...

I'd like to enter to win the book, but not if I MUST move. I live in sunny South Florida--who would want to move from there?

gautami tripathy said...

I would to a move to a ountryside in my own ountry.

Do count me in!

Care said...

HI! Your review is right on (I'm just now to the part of her figuring out that maybe he's not the dream man) and wanted to say THANK YOU. I'm enjoying the author's style - easy,breezy.

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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