Friday, April 24, 2009

Anybody need a good read?

I realize that is sounds like I giving away books but I am not. Sorry. I actually use the library so the books that I have read recently are from the library.

Good books I have read lately:

1. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

2. The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado

3. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

I'm not going to go into long summaries about any of these books. Partly because I read some of them weeks ago and lately my memory is not to be trusted. I thought all of them were very well-written.

Handle with Care is about a child with a bone disease and the ramifications that has on her family. It is a pretty typical Jodi Picoult book. Each chapter is written from a different character's viewpoint. Serious stuff and she always makes me think.

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit is a memoir about a Jewish Egyptian/Syrian family that had to leave Egypt in the 1950's. I thought it was fascinating mainly because I know nothing about those countries and their role in recent Jewish history.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a story about the Japanese internment during WWII in America. Written from the viewpoint of a Chinese-American boy/man in Seattle during that time. It is fiction but based on historical events. Really well written, deep but not toooo deep.

As you can see, my interests encompass a broad range of topics. I might have said this before but I will read about anything as long as it well written. Even a cereal box. My eyes automatically search out print wherever I am. I will also read even if I only have 1 min of time.

I am in the middle of reading 3 other books right now so when I finish them I will let you know.


Rach said...

do you own these books? I want them! Especially the Jodi Picoult book.

DESJ and Company said...

have you read Sarah's Key?
It's amazing.

Shosh said...

i read handle with care! i really liked it! but sometimes i hate the endings of her books...i thought the end of 19 minutes was the dumbest thing ever...

Anonymous said...

I thought Handle with Care was better than her last few but I still didn't think it was as good as Picoult's earlier stuff...Man in the White Sharkskin Suit was very interesting, and I recently read 2 great books - amazingly well written - by Azadeh Moaveni - Lipstick Jihad is her 1st book and the 2nd is Honeymoon in Tehran - about growing up Iranian in America, moving back to Iran in the late 90's and what it's like to live there...I also get all my books from the library, I'd be broke if I started buying all the books I read!

elisha said...

Thank you anonymous for the suggestion-I am going to put them on my reading list. Thanks for the comment!

elisha said...

Sara- who wrote Sarah's Key? thanks also for the suggestion!