EVERY January it seems you have new books to read because of a certain holiday. I remain amazed at the number of great books I still have NOT read, and will never get through all I’d like to absorb, BUT…
I have just finished an amazing writing accomplishment from the author who gave us “The Virgin Suicides“, Mr. Jeffrey Eugenides.
Cousin Nancy had 4 of us over Christmas and since she belongs to two book clubs, is an avid reader, and always thinks of others, seemed to know exactly WHAT little gift to give each of us. Mine was:
The novel MIDDLESEX. The Wikipedia link here can tell you the plot…. This book is over 500 pages of intense writing where the storyteller Cal or Callie as he/she moves throughout this book tells a very layered family story. Eugenides KNOWS his Greek history, geography deeply and also Detroit where the story takes place. This story had completely absorbed my attention, so read it when you have a bit of time to let yourself go. NO matter if you think a story about a Hermaphrodite is not for you…..that’s NOT the essence of what’s being written. I know now why this won several awards.
Waiting in the wings is the second book I’m getting ready to read. It’s an insider’s telling of just HOW Wall Street works, and the corruption that has caused our financial collapse:
LIAR’S POKER by Michael Lewis……..Tom Wolfe describes it as, “the funniest book on Wall Street I’ve ever read.
That’s to be followed by a book my brother Art called me about, and a story Rodger and I have a personal connection to, having OWNED an African Grey Parrot together for 15 years, and I HAD the bird for a total of 35 years, so believe in this author’s WORK, and KNOW exactly what she speaks of regarding the intelligence and beauty of this profound kind of pet, or, rather, companion:
ALEX & ME by Irene Pepperberg. You can read part of the first chapter at this NY Times review:
ALEX AND ME Review.
If you’ve NEVER seen Alex in a video, I suggest you click here to see Alex in Action (third video down). That video is from 2001….so he had learned much more since then. He fascinated us for years and passed away late in 2007. Pepperberg’s new book is a love story about her life with Alex for 30 years.
Ah, memories of our own Jocko talking, laughing with us or actually getting down off the cage and walking into the kitchen if he was being left out…….. he actually considered Rodger his “mate”. There is nothing quite like having a pet talking bird who’s intelligent enough to keep you guessing….and don’t EVER say “bad” words very often in front of him or else you’ll hear him saying that bad word in front of your parents….and yes that happened.
The last book I’ll mention is one Rodger’s reading now:
CRAZY FOR GOD by Frank Schaeffer (his own website……or check out a more neutral discussion about him at the entry on Wikipidia . . .Frank Schaefer. In this memoir, Schaeffer recounts his growing up inside of the fundamentalist movement….. and discloses much about them that makes me believe all those TV ministers and their mega-churches should be paying taxes.
Oh well…………that’s enough for today. We continue in our cold temperature inversion days, but rain may begin Friday night. So I am preparing to begin my winter round of fertilization, slow release, the iron nuggets (kills the moss), put Moss-kill on the roof, and put a nice layer of Dolomite Lime on the lawn. Perhaps by Mid-March it will look MUCH more alive than it does today.