I just finished Delia Ephron's Sister Mother Husband Dog and really enjoyed it. I was just young enough to have missed appreciating Nora’s brilliance when she was in her prime, and I didn’t know she had three sisters, all of whom are also writers. Sue Monk Kidd tweeted a quote from one of Delia’s essays a while back, which prompted me to request the book. This collection covers everything from losing her sister to her take on “Having It All” to the complicated relationship she had with her alcoholic mother. I liked it a lot.
Can you believe I missed George Saunders at my local book store, Tattered Cover, last week? I showed up to meet my writing group at 6:30, and one of the dudes in the group casually mentioned that he'd heard George Saunders was coming to town soon. I googled it immediately and discovered he was here THAT NIGHT at 7:30. Even now, just thinking about makes me feel a little bit sick to my stomach. All that to say, I'm pretty sure Pastoralia is the only book remaining on my list of unread George Saunders. Maybe he'll come back one day.
Alone In The Kitchen With An Eggplant is one I requested after getting totally engrossed in reading about literary agents online one afternoon. The editor of this collection seems like the sort of person I’d like, based on what I read on The Internet, and you know I’m a sucker for books about food.
Mom & Me & Mom was on a year-end list somewhere and I’m intrigued by all manner of mother/daughter stories. Plus Maya Angelou.
I don’t know much about Ann Voskamp, but I’ve heard a lot about 1000 Gifts since it came out a few years ago. My friend Sarah read and recommended it to me - probably over a year ago - and I’m finally getting to it.
It seems like I’ve heard only good things about The Goldfinch, but dang that thing weighs like eight pounds. I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it before it’s due back, but I’m going to give it my best shot.
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Also, have you read any of these? Good? Bad? I’d love to hear your thoughts.