Meredith's Challenge 2.0

52 books, one year. Stay tuned for more details.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

2.40 The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Fantastic piece about the art of mourning and recovery. Not the best choice for late night reading though, as it will make you more than a bit teary-eyed. This is my first time reading Didion and now I'm interested in more. Any recommendations?

2.39 Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

I'd like to be Ruth when I grow up. Successful food writer/editor who somehow finds herself as the restaurant critic for the NY Times despite herself. Now she's the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine. I told the partner that I can't wait until she finishes at Gourmet and decides to write a tell-all about that. She's a great author, even if you're not that interested in food.

2.38 Best American Short Stories Edited by Jane Smiley

Can't really remember anything that jumped out at me. Found the last story by Kincaid difficult to wade through.

2.37 My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki

Fictional account of the meat processing industry as told by a woman making docu-ads for Japan. Like Fast Food Nation but with more sex. Good read.

2.36 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

It wasn't as well written as I thought it be. I don't really know what I was expecting either. Maybe the sequel is better?

2.35 The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Uuh. Don't really remember. Shoot. Yay for Edith Wharton.

Monday, December 04, 2006

2.34 Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

Dramatic irony=reading the author talk about how much she loves her daughter and needs to eat less salt because of it while knowing that she is going to die of breast cancer in a few short years. Regardless, a well written, funny foodie book. Yes, I am still reading a lot of food books. Report me to the 50 Book Challenge authorites.

I don't think that this will come to the surprise of anyone but, I'm not certain if I'm going to make it this year. Cross your fingers.