Thursday, February 17, 2005

Black Like Me

by John Howard Griffin

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This is a non-fiction book, and a very interesting one at that. In 1959, John Howard Griffin, a white man from Texas darkened his skin and lived as a black man in the South to try to understand life from the point of black people.

Can you imagine?! This was before the Civil Rights marches, back when you could hitch a ride, but also back when there were separate drinking fountains. Very interesting.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Motherless Brooklyn

by Jonathan Lethem

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This is probably a fine book if you're into detective-style murder mysteries, but I'm not. The narrator and main character of the book has Tourette's syndome, so one unique thing about the book was seeing the world through the eyes of someone who tics. That's about it. The book wasn't so terrible that I couldn't pick it up again once I had started, but I wouldn't even label it interesting until the last 25 pages or so.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Prodigal Summer

by Barbara Kingsolver

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This novel has three different storylines that occur at the same time and in the same place. As the novel progresses, the three stories start crossing lines. I liked the characters and all the stories, especially when they began coming together.

The characters in the novel all deal with nature somehow and Kingsolver uses their dialogue to tell her ideas about how nature should be left alone. At times this got to be preachy, but the story is worth it.