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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading...between traveling and relaxing at the pool (or in my case, those last 20 minutes for bed), nothing beats a good book. A couple of weeks ago, I started out reading David McCullough's latest work - The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. It was this time last year that I was in Paris, and boy do I wish I had an excuse to go back!

For anyone who likes 1) Paris; or 2) American art; or 3) American literature; or 4) medicine; or 5) history, this book is a must-read. Basically, most anyone with an interest in the arts will find some fascinating aspect of this book. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through, but in short, this relays the journey of notable Americans to Paris in the early to late 19th century. Think Samuel Morse, James Fenimore Cooper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Singer Sargent, and Marry Cassat. It's a fascinating look at a time when a trip to Paris wasn't just a fun jaunt, but a transformative experience for artists, writers, medical students, and diplomats alike. It makes me feel kind of guilty that my main objective in Paris was going to the St. James store.

Of course, I got part way through A Greater Journey and was feeling pretty proud of myself when MoS got me right off track by giving me Bossypants by Tina Fey. I love me some Liz Lemon, so of course I couldn't help but take a slight literary detour to Fey-ville.

As MoS Charlotte noted, and I totally agree, I think that Tina's stronger medium is TV. The book is funny- and her distinct voice is definitely present throughout- but somehow it's just a lot funnier when it's visual. But still, if you like 30 Rock and get that sense of humor, I'd definitely recommend Bossypants.

So now the big question- what's on y'all's summer reading list lately? I'm always looking for new books to read- and as you can sort of tell, I love non-fiction. Any good recommendations? Do tell!


Laura Casey Interiors said...

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- it's so interesting and I can't put it down. Same thoughts on bossy pants. Just finished it.

Kerry said...

I got several books for my b-day this week. The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue is historical fiction, that one is upstairs. Decorating is Fun by Dorothy Draper is in the family room for reading when there is something boring on TV.
I just hope I can remember to keep this one on my must read list--it is long!

Betsy said...

I have been DYING to read that David McCullough book! Heading to the beach for a long weekend on Saturday and will definitely pick it up before I go. Thanks!

Nicole said...

I heard an NPR interview with the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and some of her descendants - it sounded like it would be a good read.

The Pink Pagoda said...

Thanks for the McCullough suggestion. My daughter has been asking me to read the Harry Potter series for years and I finally felt guilty enough to do it. I did, however, take a Harry Potter break to read Tina Fey's book, and loved it. What fun to have to lough out loud every few minutes!

Anonymous said...

I have just finished Chanda's Secret...wanted to read it before seeing the movie it inspired (Life,above all). Even though it's classified as young adult fiction, It was an easy summer read...I read it in a few hours. The story is intense and sad, but I loved her strength. Great book. I am now reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. A classic I have never read but have been intrigued and it has the subject of architecture which def pulls me in.

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