Early November's book shelf

Thursday, 4 November 2010
The Street by Ann Petry. I don't read much fiction because I find it a waste of time. I want to learn something while I sit on my rear and read. This is an exception. Petry is an amazing writer. Not only does she accurately capture the 1940's realities of race and sexism in The Street, she surprises the reader with the ending. If you liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett, I predict you'll really enjoy this read. A single mother is doing her best in Harlam, trying to make a life for her 8 year old son. She confronts poverty, domestic violence and examines the meaning of hope through her dreams to be a professional singer. I finished this in 3 days including a 12 hour day of work.

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Here's another vintage read. In school, my teachers never assigned this book so when I saw in on the shelves of one of my favorite thrift stores for 50 cents, I had to grab it. I'm on chapter three, and it was hard to put down last night.

Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore is a memoir written in 1995. The author's brother murders two men and spends the rest of his life petitioning the courts to perform the death penalty for his case. Gilmore writes like he's talking to a friend and the story so far contains the background. Mikal seeks to explain what happened to his brother, Gary, growing up which helped to create a killer.

What are you reading??

1 comment

Annie said...

I LOVE 'Grapes of Wrath'. His linguistic knowledge is outstanding, and it's such an important socio-political piece. I just finished 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho. I had great expectations, but the book didn't really move me. I liked the use of symbolism, but it became too repetitive and abstract. Right now I am reading a great Norwegian classic called 'Sult' by Knut Hamsun.