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Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Five; Read Any Good Books Lately?

Well, pish posh! I think that some books ARE better than others! How about you?

Ammendment: I just got back from my favorite book store. They're only in NYC, but NOW they're online @ Go there. Great Values, better fun to browse in person!

What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?
Hmmm. Well, Since I've been sick, I've been reading a lot of trashy mysteries, but I just read:
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe a brain surgeon exposes life on the inside
by Katrina Firlik
Which is the story of one of only 26 female brain surgeons in the US.
And I really liked "She's Come Undone' by Wally Lamb.
I'm presently reading Kathy Reichs latest "Bones to Ashes". She's one of my favorites in the mystery genre.
I just finished "Serving in Silence" which I picked up in a used book store. It's the autobiography of Colonel Margarethethe Cammermeyer who was booted out of the Army after answering truthfully "yes" when asked if she was a lesbian. After 26 years of service including a tour of duty in Viet Nam.You may have seen Glen Close play her in a television special. I'm also presently reading "Baby Doctor" by Perry Klass. This was exerpted in the NY Times years ago. There seems to be a theme going here. Books about Doctors and Nurses. Hmmmm?

What is one of your favorite childhood books?
Well. My town had a tiny library and I was there so much, that when I was 13, they offered me a job (.45 per hour, 6 hours a week, backbreaking work putting away books.) The children's books were always poorly organized, but I knew I liked the books written by someone named by McGowan. They were the Nancy Drew books. Loved them. Couldn't find enough!

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!
How about Ruth?

What is one book you could read again and again?
This is Not For You, Jane Rule or any of Jane Rule's books, although I find that as I age, I don't re-read books as much as I used to. Too many new books to read. Also Garp and the other books by Irving.

Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?
I've been meaning to read "Finding Your Religion" by Rev. Scotty McLennan which I picked up at the Strand, my local huge and favorite used bookstore. I guess that would be it. I has an introduction by Gary Trudeau and jacket blurbs by Lawrence Kushner and William Sloane Coffin (how could I go wrong?)

And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who
would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?
I would write a juicy lesbian novel, but not trashy, literary. Of course it would be reviewed favorably in the New York Times and Jane Rule (unfortunately, now deceased) would write the review.


RevHRod said...

Juicy, but not trashy, but literary... you made me laugh out loud. (My staff is starting to wonder what's going on in here.)

Thanks for playing!

RevAnne said...

I found you anyway...great play!

Barbara B. said...

"Another Day in the Frontal Lobe" -- great title, I'm going to have to check that out! (Actually your whole list sounds interesting.)

Singing Owl said...

What Barbara B said...what a title.
And I too used to read the same books again and again, but I don't do that much anymore. Perhaps it is because my time used to seem limitless and now it seems anything but?

Barbara B. said...

Just checked out Strand Books... It looks great -- and similar to our Powell's out in the Portland area which is touted as "the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world"
( It's cool to wander around in there!

Songbird said...

I'm a Ruth fan, too. Thanks for playing!

Rev SS said...

Another Day in The Frontal Lobe ... that title can't help but make one want to read the book.

Love book stores! Thanks for the info on Strand

Rev SS said...

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe ... title makes one want to read the book. And, I love Book Stores. Thanks for the info re Strand.

mompriest said...

Well it's no wonder you have a Dr and Nurses theme going the title of the brain surgeon's book, I may have to get that one...

Jan said...

You're lucky that the Strand is your "local" bookstore! Amazon is mine.

Interesting selections. Some of them sound too deep for me.

Counselor in Process said...

Pish Tosh, Jan! All interesting and easy enough reads. You may enjoy. Good reading!