“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero –
I’m sitting here this afternoon sick as a dog. (Though I wonder what that expression really means.) I didn’t feel like working on my book today because my concentration is shot to hell and the trips to the bathroom are frequent. So, I did what any good writer does, I read. I wanted to take a second though to catch you up on some of my more recent reads.
Because life has been a little stressful lately, comic relief is necessary. So when I stumbled across “Girl Walks Into A Bar” by Rachel Dratch, I knew I was in for a treat.
You may have seen her on Saturday Night Live. This former cast member put pen to paper and wrote a fabulously funny midlife memoir about dating and becoming a mother when she was 44 years old.
She talks about her “high school methods” of birth control and breaking the news to her boyfriend. I have to say, breaking that news isn’t a fun moment and her recollection of the story is totally relatable.
I also got an “insiders” look at Hollywood and, just as I suspected, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Another great read with characters that spring off the page is “Gone: A Novel” by Cathi Hanauer.
It’s a pretty quick read. I got to see inside the minds of both the main characters, Eve and John. The book is a modern take on marriage and finding one’s self. I can’t say it’s the “best” book I have read, but it does show some of the trials and tribulations of marriage and family and coping. There were a couple of sagging parts and there were some nutrition / health related subplots that were a little weird for me and I can’t place my finger on “why.” Maybe it was the tone that was used? Maybe that’s just me. My only real concern was the ending appeared a little abrupt, but overall, it’s worth the read.