I meant to finish and post this last night after we got home but I spent my time on the couch communing with my kitty who spent the last 5 days living with a murderer (known to us humans and the dogs as the house sitter).
Open is an autobiography by Andre Agassi. Normally I would have just skimmed S. Krishna’s review as I am not into tennis but on a message board I read, people are raving about this book – about Agassi’s candor and the quality of the writing. S. Krishna agrees with that assessment.
Devourer of Books is having a “Harvest Week” reviewing an appropriate set of food related books: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver; The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; and Coop by Michael Perry. Jen writes good reviews and if you are interested in food, what we eat, and how it is produced you may find something you like.
Matt from A guy’s Moleskin Notebook briefly mentions The Meaning of night by Michael Cox and his note sent off to the internet to do some more looking. For some reason literary mysteries have been at the top of my need to read pile in part because I am trying to figure out what the difference is between a mystery and a literary mystery. This book, set in Victorian England has a betrayal, a lost inheritance, and a man hell-bent on revenge. If you need to like the protagonist, then this isn’t your book but if you like Gothic creepiness, you might want to give it a try.
Tom from a Common Reader reviews what seems like a delightful family memoir centered around a collection of Japanese Nutsuke. The Hair with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal explores the history of these family heirlooms. Looking at the collection on-line (through links Tom provides) you can see just how incredible these tiny carving are and what rich detail the sculptor can bring to the material. Even if the book doesn’t interest you, the art itself is worth exploring.
And just for himself – Stefani of So Many Books posts a link to the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2010 of which I have actually read one (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). My husband has lots of time to read now that he commutes mainly by bus and he is dividing his time between science books, technical science fiction and grading. Of course his “To Be Read” pile is growing faster than he can read.