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Hey Jennifer! What Are You Reading?


Well I've done it again. Somehow I've gotten many books from the library and as the old T-Shirt says, So Many Books, So Little Time.  It's embarrassing, let me tell you. The books are on my bedstand, saying "Hello,Jennifer! When are you going to read us? We need to be read, Jennifer!" . I know there are worse addictions to have. However, it's hard out there for a bibliophile. Jessica Barkdale Inclan in her blog a couple of days ago knows what I'm going through. This was dramatized perfectly in one episode of Gilmore Girls when the ladies were getting ready for work/school.

            LORELAI: Hold on Michel. That backpack is not too small.

RORY: It's miniscule.

LORELAI: Just take your schoolbooks and leave some of the other books.

RORY: I need all of my other books.

LORELAI: You don't need all of these.

RORY: I think I do.

LORELAI: Edna St. Vincent Milay?

RORY: That's my bus book.

LORELAI: Uh huh. What's the Faulkner?

RORY: My other bus book.

LORELAI: So just take one bus book.

RORY: No, the Milay is a biography, and sometimes if I'm on the bus and I pull out a biography and I think to myself, 'Well, I don't really feel like reading about a person's life right now' then I'll switch to the novel, and then sometimes if I'm not into the novel, I'll switch back.

RORY: Yes, I. . .

LORELAI: Hold on. What is the Gore Vidal?

RORY: Oh, that's my lunch book.

LORELAI: Uh huh. So lose the Vidal or the Faulkner. You don't need two novels.

RORY: Vidal's essays.

LORELAI: Uh huh. But the Eudora Welty's not essays or a biography.

RORY: Right.

LORELAI: So it's another novel, lose it!

RORY: Unh uh. It's short stories.

LORELAI: Ugh. This is a sickness.

            Yes Lorelai, it is a sickness. However, let me tell you about each book I have around my house, and then you will understand how I feel and I must read all of them somehow in the next three weeks.

            Dream Factory, by Brad Barkley. Two teenagers are working for Walt Disney World during a strike with the regular workers. You know they are going to fall in love, but of course, the course to love is going to be rocky.

            A Dangerous Age, by Ellen Gilchrist. Gilchrist returns to writing about the Hand family. They're southern and dysfunctional, which always makes good reading. Throw in Olivia De Haviland Hand writing about the war and it makes it even more fun.

            The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, by Alexandra Fuller. Okay, I have no idea who Colton H. Bryant is, but look! It's written by Alexandra Fuller! She wrote Don't Go to the Dogs Tonight!  I loved that book! I would love this book!

            The Film Club by David Gilmour. Gilmour's son wants to drop out of school. Gilmour agrees to this, but here's the catch: Son has to watch a movie with his dad once a week and discuss it. Movies! Father son relationships! What could be better?

            Freak Show, by David St. James. A young gay teenager trying to make it in high school. Yes, this story has been done before. The cover is pink though! I love pink covers!

            Welcome To Shirley, by Kelly McMasters. I read about this book in O Magazine. A woman finds out that the town she lives in has a problem with nuclear waste.

            Accidentally on Purpose by Mary Pols. Pols used to write movie reviews for my newspaper, and she talks about getting pregnant from a one-night stand. This upset many of the Salon letter writers, saying Pols was privileged and wealthy. See? I need to read about Pols racking up in money! Because movie critics are just wading in money! They sleep in money! They take money out for field trips!

            Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers. Myers is the first YA author to tackle the Iraq war. He's a braver person than I ever could be. I loved his book Monster, I know this one will be good as well.

            American Nerd: The Story of my People by Benjamin Nugent. Yes, I am a word and if you haven't figured it out by now, a book nerd. Nugent explores the nerd culture in this book, so I'm prepared to read a lot about Star Trek, glasses, and science fiction.

            The Girl I Left Behind, Judith Nies. Nies tells about what it was like for her in the sixties. She's around my mother's age and I swear, they once had the same haircut.

            Moving Day and Airhead by Meg Cabot. If there's one reason to love Meg Cabot, it's the fact she can write five novels a year, manage to take fantastic dust jacket pictures, and show strong funny feminist girls in action. Wait, that's more than one reason. I don't care, I love the woman.

            Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker. A editor recommended the Clementine books to me last year and I adore her. She has red hair, takes frequent trips to the principal's office, and calls her baby brother Celery. I love this kid.

           Lock and Key,Sarah Dessen. Dessen is like Judy Blume in the fact she can show how a teenager feels and how sometimes she feels so misunderstood by everyone.

            Then there's the books that haven't been published yet: a memoir by Larry McMurtry! The new Dirty Girls book by Alisa Valdes Rodriguez!  The Scott McClellan book!  It is a sickness.

            San Francisco Chronicle said last week that books are going the way of the icecaps. Maybe. But in my corner of my world, I'm putting on my fur jacket and boots and making sure they aren't melting anytime soon.



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Not ONLY do I adore Clementine but had the privilege of becoming friends with her author Sara for three weeks at the VCCA. (One of my stories about Annie as a little kid is IN this third book! ) She also writes as Sara Young and you MUST read her novel, My Enemy's Cradle.


I know, I know, another for the bedside table... but you will LOVE this novel.

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thanks, Ericka!

Yes, another one for the table, but I love Pennypacker's writing, so I'll go request it.

Of course I remember some people want problems like mine.

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I love Maisie Dobbs!

I'm getting into the Mma Ramostwe series on audiobooks, but the narrator's voice is so calming it makes me fall asleep! (Don't worry, I'm in bed while I listen to my audiobooks)