Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Book Club

Is there anything better than a Coke, popcorn and a good book? The Coke and popcorn are easy. Finding a great book can be difficult, so I am here to help.
Just finished Cutting for Stone and loved it. Thanks Wendy for the recommendation. I can't wait to read his other book My Own Country. Cutting for Stone starts with the birth of Siamese twins. Oh, and did I mention their mother is a nun? Curious aren't you?
Then my friend Heather (who lives in Nashville and I never get to see) said she loved Orange is the New Black (My Year in a Women's Prison). That was all I needed. I ordered it from Amazon and when I got home yesterday there was a padded envelope waiting for me. It was like finding cute shoes on sale, total joy! I've already starting reading it and I am hooked!! I may even skip Dancing with the Stars tonight to read.

Has anyone read these books? What did you think? Do you have a favorite book that I should read?

PS Do you read the comments? Did you see the one from anonymous yesterday? The one that kind of hurt my feelings? What did they mean that Bill doesn't care about my day? What could be more exciting? I thought it was from an angry, bitter housewife. Evidently I am very gullible. I was telling Bill about it and he started cracking up. Yep, he wrote it. He thought I would know it was from him. Oh, he is a funny man, just a laugh a minute.


  1. LOL! I just read Bill's comment! Too husband also thinks I should greet him at the door with a beer, and from time to time when I shlep around in t-shirts from the 80s and yoga pants and a scowl...he will tell me how Nancy Reagan never let Ronnie see her like that, and they were married for over 50 reply is not fit for your comments section. Anyway, just finishing up reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo...these look very promising, thanks for the tips!

  2. Ooh I was just in need of a book to read and can't wait to try Cutting For thank you. That is too funny about Bill.

  3. LOL, I recommended Cutting for Stone for publishing in my country (that's part of my job- reviewing books for publication) and it's really good! I just finished reading Jennifer Weiner's "best friends forever" and it was one of these books you read in one night- just what I needed.

  4. Thanks for the reading suggestions. I'm always looking for something new. I need to take more time to read. I just picked up Freedom by Jonathan Franzen - I loved the Corrections so hopefully this one will be good too.

    And, yes, your husband is a riot (in his own mind) just like mine!

  5. Sissy! You honestly didn't know that was Bill-I was reading out loud to Arty cracking up because I knew it was! Anyway- let me know what you find that's good-I'm going to Barnes and Noble this week and I have NEW YORK by Edward Rutherford, Girl Who Played with Fire (part 2 of the girl with dragon tatoo), The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve But the Siamese twins and nun sound pretty interesting too!

  6. Your husband is hilarious! I just read Midwives. It is older so maybe you have read it, but it was a page turner!

  7. Cutting for Stone is one of my favorites. We read it for my book club and all of us just raved! Sure to be a classic! Have you read "The Help"? If not, this is another really good book. Totally different from Cutting for Stone, but good!

  8. That is hilarious about your husbands comment!!!!!!! LOL.
    I love to read but seriously don't have much times these days.....I guess I need to turn off the trashy reality tv.

  9. I want Belly's job. I LOVED Cutting for Stone. I'll have to see how you like the book you're reading now. I'm going to go read Bill's comment. xo

  10. Thanks for the book recommends. I just finished Freedom and loved, loved it. The Help is up next, then I'll have to try Cutting for Stone. I read an interview with Piper Kerman and wanted to read her book, but forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

  11. I have not read either book, but I am always grateful for suggestions. I am also reading New York by Edward Rutherford and I find it fascinating. Love historical fiction!
    My husband occasionally comments on my blog too... Funny!

  12. I've heard good things about "Cutting for Stone" tonight I have my bookclub and that's going to be one of my recos. Also, has anyone read "Water for Elephants" I couldn't put it down. My third choice is "Never let me go" it' also on the movie circuit.
    Hope this helps as I love reading. Also get excited about getting those amazon packages delivered to my door. It's like get a present, even though I paid for it! I love opening the package and seeing a pristine looking cover just waiting for me open the pages and drive into another adventure

  13. Loved loved loved cutting for stone- An inconvenient wife is a great read.

  14. Thanks for the recommendations! I needed some new reading material. People keep giving me work books with names like "Proven Strategies for Dramatically Increasing Personal and Professional Success" - BORING. Why would I want to go home and read about work? I just read a book called The Passage that was pretty good. A friend read Little Bee and said it was good, too.

  15. Ellen Gilchrist...her best book, I think, is Net of Jewels. Growing up in the south, and so much more. Read it in grad school and fell in love (but so easy to read...not like Faulkner!)

  16. Oops I guess I jumped the gun....see my comment on post below. Bill I like you, I really really like you!!!

    Anyway blogger to the girlfriend rescue..

    I want to read Orange is the new Black!!

    Art by Karena

  17. Sissy- Your husband is too funny! I'm reading books by designers Vincente Wolf and Allessandra Branca right now. Need ideas! The novels will have to wait until after renovations...

  18. Bill is so funny... when I read it, I assumed it was from him! But you never know. Some anonymous commenters are c-r-a-z-y.

    I just read:
    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- so good
    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls- Great
    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers- can't wait to read again!

    Oh, and also read the one by Ellen Gilchrist that Julie mentioned above. It's great as well!

  19. My book club just finished Cutting for Stone and everyone loved it. Great characters. Other great books we've recently read are:

    The Help
    The Book Thief (Fabulous!!)
    The Thirteenth Tale
    The Forgotten Garden
    The House at Riverton
    The Red Tent

  20. just finishedd The Forgotten Garden which I got on Monday or Tuesday and already finished it! Very good!

  21. LOVED The Glass Castle! Also loved Little Bee and The Help. Looking for a good one now....

  22. Looks like many of us are literally on the "same page". Also read "The Glass Castle", "The Help" and Water for Elephants--couldn't put it down (movie version with Reese Witherspoon and Twilight's Rob Pattison coming out in 2011) I've heard "Cutting for Stone" is good. It's on my 2011 list.


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