The Gull Reef Club

8/29/2005

More Books

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:46 pm

My creative slump has been made up for with lots of leisure reading, including…

Beasts and Superbeasts – Saki
Fantastic. I really got into this collection of short stories. Dark, Edwardian views into the human psyche. I was a bit disappointed with the occasional off-hard remark against Jews, but no one is really safe by Saki’s pen. Par for the course, I suppose. Overall, I was impressed and I intend on reading more Saki in the future.

The Four Million – O. Henry
Another collection of short stories, this time about people living in NYC at the turn of the 20th century. The most famous of these was ‘The Gift of the Maji’ – a now renown and well-loved Christmas story. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much else that stood out. I felt like the stories were dumbed-down and cut short. If O. Henry had taken a bit more time to be a little more descriptive and add more realistic dialogue, I may have liked this better.

Inside the Kingdom – Carmen Bin Ladin
Aha! So I am capable of I reading books published in the 21st century. I had only intended to read this book to be nice because Mike’s sister pushed it on me. I am SO glad I did and can’t wait to thank her. Ms. Bin Ladin tells her compelling life story as the wife, and then ex-wife, of one of Osama Bin Laden’s brothers. She offers a glimpse of life as a woman inside Saudi Arabia as one of the country’s most influential families. My heart just breaks thinking about the way my gender is treated in Saudi Arabia. This is very easy read, probably even a bit fluffy, but fascinating nevertheless.

Next up is Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City. Thanks bunches to Wertz for bringing Mike and I this book during his last visit here. It’s been too long since I’ve sunk my teeth, er eyes, into a well-researched history book. And this one is centered in Chicago, so it should help increase my growing excitement about going up there next month. Squee!

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