Reading Frenzy

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Little Aging Chick Lit

Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

Got an hour or two? Just want to relax, be amused, escape? Among the over 40 crowd? This may just be the ticket.

From the publisher, "Nina Askew has always wanted a puppy, but her ex-husband had always refused. Following her divorce and facing her fortieth birthday, she heads to the pound in search of a cute, cuddly, perky puppy to cheer her up. But instead she is drawn toward an older, midsized, seemingly depressed mutt - too big for her apartment, too melancholy for her state of mind, but she can't help but adopt him anyway. With Fred now in her life, everything seems to change - her priorities, her attitude and, unexpectedly, her love life when Fred brings Nina's much younger neighbor, Alex, into the picture. Despite all the waving red flags, Nina allows herself to consider the possibility that maybe somehow he'd miraculously be interested in an older woman with a depressed dog."

Cute, and you'll love Fred. Alex isn't too bad either.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

currrent reading

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

Emelia Greenleaf is not always the most likable character. After all, she was the other woman (even though it was a bad marriage), she finds her stepson irritating (he is), and she's depressed after the loss of her infant daughter (who wouldn't be?). But I thought the writer developed interesting and imperfect characters who stumbled, fell, and picked themselves up and were better for the process. It's a pretty acurate view of this strata of New York professionals and a love letter to Manhattan and Central Park. I loved it......and interesting enough, reader reviews range from loved it to hated it on Amazon, and not many in the middle.

Apparently Waldman ruffled a lot of mommy feathers when she wrote in a Salon column that she'd put her husband first over her children--author Michael Chabon--and that she worries how women make kids the center of their universe and freeze out their husbands. Maybe some of those mommies are taking a crack at her through their reviews--and maybe not--maybe they just didn't like it.

Check it out for yourself. As for me, I've just started one of her mommy track mysteries. Witty and fun is my first impression.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Another Book Club Book

Dinner with Anna Karenina by Gloria Goldreich

Five Manhattan friends share their love of reading and books as well as their private lives in this book--another novel about a book club.

Except for the cover and some of the book discussions in this novel, I wasn't all that impressed. You spend much of the time trying to figure out why one of the characters has separated from her husband--and the answer isn't all that convincing. The characters don't seem to like each other all that much and there's a lot of envy going on between them. But back to the cover, it's worth it to have this book sitting on your bedstand, it's a totally engaging cover.