Welcome to the "We Have No Time For A Book Group Book Group." Here, we'll offer our recommendations on good books for the rare moment when you find a few free moments of quiet to sit down and read.
I read recently that it’s only here in the US that people ask “what do you do?” as an opening conversational gambit. Instead, at gatherings in Rome or Paris, for instance, people are more likely to engage you in conversation about the latest political controversy or art exhibition than to inquire about your work. The end of an evening might arrive without any new acquaintances having the slightest idea of what one “does.” but a lot about what she thinks. How refreshing.
Just in case you’ve been living your complicated lives and haven’t been paying attention to the latest literary scandals, here’s what’s been happening. During the last month, two critically admired memoirs - one the gritty account by young woman detailing her life as a gang member in South Central L.A., the other the tale of a child suckled by wolves as she hid out in a forest after her parents were spirited away by the Nazis - have been exposed as hoaxes. Never happened. Throw into this mix the very real and truly harrowing accounts by a father and son of the boy’s meth addiction and you’ve got a sense of what’s current in memoir land.More >>
If you despair of ever getting the time to read a full length book, even a fluffy one, but if articles about what Katie does to turn Tom on leave you slightly nauseated, consider BRAIN, CHILD: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. Here (at last) is a publication aimed at women with children that dares to assume we have minds that have not atrophied, that we are capable of probing deeply into issues of concern to us, our families, and the families of those around us.More >>
For me, the best anti-princess books are those that don’t try too hard, that make their point subtly, with the stories and pictures coming first, the “message,” resting underneath. Two recent charmers are Nancy Coffelt’s Fred Stays With Me, with illustrations by Tricia Tusa, and Holly Keller’s Nosy Rosie.More >>