October Book Reviews

Marlene is off on travels, so I am putting some random reviews here this month.

O’Connor – The Complete Works of Flannery O’Connor: I sought out this book because I saw a reference to one of this writer’s stories and couldn’t find it as a stand alone. I am on my third renewal because this is a long, long book. It contains all of the work, written in the 1950’s and 1960’s, including novels, short stories and prose, as well as some letters and articles. Printed on super thin pages, 1,280 of them, it is small enough to be easy to hold. That said, It is rather amazing to read work from a time when racial prejudice was rampant and making an appearance in fiction. Although I do believe her point is to shame people who are prejudice, and advocate for humanity, the pre-civil rights language is shocking at times. I can see why she was a Yaddo writer. Sadly her health and frequent illness cut her writing career short. Interesting, if difficult reading.

The Story of My Life: Helen Keller: A recommend from a Facebook friend (I am trying to convince her to write her reviews for my blog, she is an avid reader and I love all the books she recommends). I was very “in to” Helen Keller when I was young, mostly because I wanted a guide dog, so I read everything I could find about blind people. This book was written by a young Helen, then completed with essays, letters and other information about her life. I am still convinced that she was a genius. Imagine, deaf and blind and learning to speak English AND a foreign language (read anyway). It is interesting to hear her version, because it changes the whole Patty Duke, feral child image a bit.

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson: Some one from the book club (Connie?) recommended this on and WOW. This is one of those unusual style (it is translated), grab your heart, what-an-amazing-writer books. Told in first person, the reader is moved back and forth between the current time (protagonist is 67) and his youth. An emotional look at coming of age and the war. I am really hooked on this one.

Some suggestions from friends which I haven’t read yet: (I haven’t read the books either! Now you know why I pay an editor)

We Sinners by Hanna Pylväinen

American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg (is that a pen name, I hope?)

The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Unneccassary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (there is more than one book by this title, look for this author)








  1. Roberta Martinez says:

    I am recommending a book for your book club. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross.

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