75 in 2015: December

Then AgainThen Again by Diane Keaton (2011)

Eh. I really thought I would enjoy this, but I found the whole thing rather boring.

From Amazon.com: “. . . . Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always-thinking Dorothy Hall. To write about herself, Diane realized she had to write about her mother, too, and how their bond came to define both their lives. In a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Over the course of her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals—literally thousands of pages—in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane’s grandparents. Diane has sorted through these pages to paint an unflinching portrait of her mother—a woman restless with intellectual and creative energy, struggling to find an outlet for her talents—as well as her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years.”

The Satanic VersesThe Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1989)

This is one of those books that I really can’t believe I hadn’t read before now. To be honest, I was shooting for this on to be my #75 instead of a fluffier book, but I finished Diane Keaton first. . oh well (ha!).

Overall, I found this to be fascinating. It was a bit more laborious than I usually like my fiction, but painted such a vivid picture that I’ll forgive that. My lack of knowledge of Indian culture and the Islamic faith made some of the passages difficult to digest and I’m sure I missed some of the more subtle references, but I don’t feel this hindered my reading. Not a book for everyone though.

From Amazon.com: “One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.”

What Shes HavingI’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca M. Harrington (2015)

A fun, blow-off read, but hardly anything worth mentioning.

From Amazon.com: “A hilarious look at the eating habits of the fit and famous–from Gwyneth’s goji berry and quail egg concoctions to Jackie Kennedy’s baked potato and Beluga caviar regimen–Rebecca Harrington leaves no cabbage soup unstirred in her wickedly funny, wildly absurd quest to diet like the stars.”

Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Revisited, Volume 1 by Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1812/1857)
Selected and narrated by Ulf Bjorklund (2012)

Another fun read. I knew some of these stories, but not all. My only complaint – I audiobooked this one and did not care for the narrator. He spoke quickly and lacked dramatic pause and emotion, sounding more like he was standing in front of a room reading from the book.

From Overdrive: Let yourself be transported back to “Once Upon A Time” with these engaging fables from the Brothers Grimm. These are magical adventures from the original storytellers, beloved throughout the world and passed down through the centuries – captured here in high quality audio. From Rumpelstiltskin to Snow-White, visit the world of the cautionary tales of Germanic folklore that inspired the modern fairy tales of your youth.

2015 total books: 78
2015 total pages read: 15,106
2015 total pages listened to: 9,381


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3 comments

  1. Satanic Verses–never read it (nor wanted to read it, truth be told) but you’ve intrigued me! I agree with you re: the Diane Keaton book. Enjoy her movies and she seems like an interesting person, but her writing is boring and self-conscious in places. Thanks for your always-insightful reviews.

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