Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Recent reads

In the last month I've gotten to read through a bunch of books in the ever-expanding pile of "to reads". Each was excellent, so I want to recommend them to my lovely readers:

Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal: this is a historical novel, taking place in Boston during WWII. I learned a ton about an aspect of this time period that I had never even known about: women who were found to have STDs were often put in prison or girls home to keep them from infecting soldiers (even though the soldiers are the people who gave the infection to them in the first place...). The story follows one such "charity girls", which refers to the "loose" women who were giving sex away for free, as opposed to the prostitutes.

Which Brings Me to You by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott This book is told almost completely through letters exchanged by two people who meet and almost have a one night stand. The letters serve as confessions about their past lovers, and they are all eloquent and thoughtful.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon I've been meaning to read this book for a while now, and I'm so glad I did. It's told in the first person by an autistic boy, and it completely drew me into his quirky, quirky world.

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Repeater said...

I read Michael's book right after last residency- I'm loving him more all the time (alas, I did not get to work with him)- I almost just bought the curious incident- guess I should have. I've made a list of what I want to read this semester. We'll see if I get to... thanks for the suggestions

Sylvia C. said...

I'd say one of my latest favorites has been:
"Miss Potter"

But that's coming from someone who considers "Because of Winn Dixie" one of her favorite books!


Sylvia C.

Tori said...

I love book suggestions-thank you!
Can't wait to pick these up...seeing if my library has them right now.

bostonerin said...

I read Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD--did a mini-review on my blog a couple of days ago. Also recommend TWILIGHT, by Stephenie Meyer (YA), and THE RULES OF SURVIVAL, Nancy Werlin (Nat'l Book Award nominee)

chiefbiscuit said...

I'm reading murder mysteries at the moment - I'm in a murder mystery mood I guess!