The Whirly Girl

What is this whirly girl reading?

A Map of the World, Jane Hamilton

This was one of the books I got during our end of the year/beginning of summer book swap.  It was sad.  But I liked it.  Rather, I liked Hamilton’s ability to paint human emotions in so raw a fashion.  Completed 6/11/09. 

Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things That Matter, Beth Kephart

I really like this book.  I just finished it for maybe the third time.  It’s light and serious at the same time, as Kephart traces her memories of her past and current friendships and records her thoughts and observations about the friendships of her son.  Again, I really like this book.  Completed 6/12/09.

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

I think I’m the last person to read this book, also landed at the book swap.  Interesting.  I liked the focus on the oral history passed down through generations of women.  After a year of teaching ancient history, I realized I actually knew a bit about most of the deities mentioned.  Completed 6/15/09.

Housekeeping: A Novel, Marilynne Robinson

This book was sad.  It did feel very real though, and sometimes real things are sad.  Completed 7/4/09

Girl Meets God, Lauren F. Winner

This was my second time through this book.  It’s the author’s autobiography, focusing on her conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity.  She is very real, and I like real.  She also draws a lot of parallels between Jewish and Christian customs.  Completed 7/8/09

Raney, Clyde Edgerton

This author was recommended to me by a co-worker when I was on the hunt for something funny to read (after reading about books in a row in which someone drowns).  It tells the story of the first year of marriage between Raney, a conservative girl from North Carolina, and her husband, a “liberal” from Georgia.  Hilarious.  It’s told from Raney’s perspective and gives you a good dose of southern culture, which I resonate with so much.  I read it in one sitting at Barnes and Noble one afternoon last week.  Completed 7/9/09.

Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

This is the story of one man’s journey to build school, especially for girls, in Pakistan and eventually Afghanistan.  I thought the writing was not wonderful, but the story itself was very intriguing.  It was also fun to read about an effort that is still currently happening.  Completed 7/20/09.

The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife

I broke my streak of mostly fiction and read this book about the health benefits of coconuts at the recommendation of my mother.  Fife gives very good, scientific explanations to back up his point, plus some recipes, which is what I’m most interested in.  I’m giving the whole coconut idea a shot and also passing this book to my aunt in an attempt to continue a corporate whirly girl conversion to coconuts.  Completed. 7/21/09.

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