I’ve Been Reading Books

girl reading bookBest one:
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Piscine Molitor Patel aka Pi survives 227 days in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger for company in his little lifeboat. The first half of the book he defends zoos and becomes a Catholic, Hindu and Muslim. Yes, all three. I was really riveted to the second half of the book, the survival adventure.

Also a good book:
The Lost, by Daniel Mendelsohn
A true story, Daniel Mendelsohn seeks to find out what happened to his great uncle and aunt and their four daughters during the Holocaust. By the end of the book, you feel like you knew these girls, who are all killed. Daniel Mendelsohn was emotionally attached to his grandfather, which propelled him years later to do all this multi-continent research (he flies to Europe, Australia and Israel to interview survivors). A sad point, however, is that his research on his family is his only connection to anything Jewish.

 Ilana-Davita on The Lost

Worth reading:
Being Mrs. Alcott, by Nancy Geary
A good book for those familiar with the notion of keeping all one’s emotions inside and how that can be detrimental. The main characters are all believable and well-rounded; my only complaint about the book is did the wealthy, noveau riche characters at the end from Long Island need to have the last name “Marx”?

 Therapydoc on Being Mrs. Alcott

Feel free to recommend some more!

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7 thoughts on “I’ve Been Reading Books

  • The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig. It has an old-fashioned feel. A good story with a happy ending. A bit overdone but well worth it.

    White Oleander by Janet Fitch is not a happy book, but well-written.

  • Sure, Ilana-Davita.

    Mom in Israel, thank you for recommending Life of Pi. I’ll look at your next two books when I get to the library.

  • have you read “people of the book” by geraldine brooks yet? it’s a great one. a novel about the sarajevo haggadah. yours are all on my list too…

  • Phyllis, I looked up People of the Book: it has 100 reviews on Amazon. Looks promising. I noted that she also wrote a book on the plague. Now that’s a period in history that captures my attention.

  • I should read Life of Pi. I believe we have a copy at home so I’ll have to find it. And the Lost seems really intriguing and emotional. I love to read and recommendations are always helpful. Thanks!

  • Rosie, it took a little while for me to get “into” the book (Life of Pi), but I was glued to the second half. Then I went back and re-read the first half, which was more philosophical.

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