(Almost) Weekly Reader


I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Robb Foreman Drew (as I’ve devoured every novel by Meg Wolitzer, who wrote this review of Drew’s Being Polite to Hitler in the NYT🙂

“If novels were textbooks, this highly original one might be called “America in the 1950s: A Time of Existential Anxiety and Busywork for Women.” Robb Forman Dew covers both the cosmic and the quotidian as she follows a formidably intermingled group of people in the town of Washburn, Ohio.”


Jessica Treadway’s Boston Globe review of You Know When The Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon invoked intense and bitter-sweet stories:

“Siobhan Fallon knows military life inside and out. Her new collection of stories, “You Know When the Men Are Gone,’’ delivers often poignant, sometimes crude, and consistently compelling insights derived from the time she spent in Fort Hood, Texas, during her husband’s two tours of duty in Iraq.”


Ron Charles review (titled” A Marriage Undone by Alaska”) in the Washington Post of Caribou Island by David Vann led me straight to get a sample from Kindle. (My favorite use of Kindle: sample first chapter, buy real book.)


“When the novel opens, unhappily married Irene and Gary are setting off on a Henry David Thoreau adventure, but they are light-years from the inspiration found at Walden Pond. Gary has always wanted to build and live in a small cabin on Caribou Island in Skilak Lake south of Anchorage, and now that his wife has finally retired from teaching, she’s out of excuses. Except that she doesn’t want to live in the howling wilderness in an unheated shack built by a man with “no plans, no experience, no permits.””


I am fascinated by political stories (memoirs, biographies, etc.) of all stripes. Ron Reagan’s book, My Father at 100: A Memoir, reviewed by Richard Raynor in the LA Times, sounds fascinating:


“One of the lessons here is that no father can be an uncomplicated hero to his own son. Ron Reagan dropped out of Yale to study ballet; he became, first, a dancer, then a left-leaning political commentator, and though he makes it clear that he and his father often failed to see eye to eye, his book is less concerned with ideological differences than the pains and wonders of family entanglement.”


What I’m reading and loving this week: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

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  1. Posted January 19, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I already have “You Know When the Men Are Gone” and “Caribou Island” front and center on my to-read list, but that’s good to know about “Being Polite to Hitler.” I’ve been hearing good things about it lately.

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