Thursday, April 23, 2009

The House on Mango Street

I have been meaning to read this for a long time. Usually short stories don't do much for me, especially when they don't seem to connect of have any kind of fluency. This was so not the case in this book. I loved the way these short tid-bits of stories flowed together and made it almost dream like. Everything was deliberate in this book, and I liked it. I found this book almost had some touches of Magical Realism (of which I am a huge fan) but yet somehow was able to stay grounded to reality, which I also find important. This was just beautiful.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I really enjoyed this book. I kind of wish I would have read this book first, before I read Have You Found Her. (I LOVED have you found her.) I think If would have read this first, it would have made Have You Found Her even better for me. Anyhow, besides that this book was fascinating. I love memoirs and I love reading about choices other people make in their lives. It's hard to believe that her mother would just let her live at a homeless shelter and group home for over a year. When I was in high school I don't think I was any where close to being able to make the decisions she was able to make, be them good or bad decisions. I am glad she was able to pull her self out of everything she went through and become a productive member of society.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Kiss -- Kathryn Harrison

This memoir was fascinating. It was very artfully written and I couldn't put it down. I have to say I found it very sad and painful at times. What a life Harrison lead in her twenties. It's hard to imagine. She tells is quite beautifully. It's amazing that she was able to pull herself through it all and come out okay on the other end. For anyone who didn’t know their father growing up and seeking that connection later, I can only imagine how it would feel.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Marked for Life

Honestly, I couldn't even finish this book. I was so bored. I didn't care about her family or where she grew up. I wanted to hear more about how her birthmark effected her and I felt like she just spent too much time talking about her grandparents and the small town she grew up in. I just didn't care. It was boring. I just put it away. Moving on.....