2.28.2008

This week's book haul

Added to the shelves:
Song Yet Sung by James McBride: The author of The Color of Water brings us the story of Liz Spocott, a woman troubled by dreams as she attempts to escape slavery in Maryland. Liz dreams of the state of African-Americans in modern day, and McBride makes no attempt to hide the fact that this novel is a social commentary on today's Af-Am community and an investigation of slavery.

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson: This is the story of Laurel Hawthorne, a woman with a perfect life until the ghost of her next door neighbor, Molly, visits her in the middle of the night. Molly has died, and Laurel must determine the cause. As she seeks the answer, she begins to find out about her family's shadowed past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

A Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist (coming out in April/May 2008): (from the book jacket) The women of the Hand family are no strangers to controversy or sadness. Those traits seem, in fact, to be a part of a family heritage that stretches back for generations. As Louise, Olivia, and Winnifred Hand come face to face with the Iraq war, they find they must face other things as well.

Currently reading: Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses. Each chapter is named after a Plath poem, and Moses style resonates like Plath's poetry. It's hard to remember that Wintering is fiction, as it feels like I'm reading Plath's journals.

The Love Story by behind Gone with the Wind by Marianne Walker. This is probably the cheesiest title anyone could have chosen, and it's sad that this unacademic title introduces such a well-written and thoroughly researched work about the Marshes. Walker details the lives and times of Margaret and John, and it was clear that GWTW was the child of their union. She raises interesting points, the most provactive being that John may have written sections of his wife's novel, like, namely, the first chapter.

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