7 November, 2008 at 9:05 pm (books, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Even though a huge variety of bits and pieces covers the shelves and fills the drawers of my workspace, of course this morning I needed something that was not here.  And somehow whenever I have to run errands the whole day disappears.  I hate that.

I’m listening to ‘People of the Book‘ while I work and the narrator, Edwina Wren, is fantastic.  I love science and history (and books) in novels, and a map that reflects the story is always welcome, so I’m looking forward reading more of Geraldine Brooks‘s work. A few dramatic bits in this narrative are predictable, which makes those parts slightly less enjoyable, but she carefully, casually puts in unusual details to make the different historical and geographical scenes distinct which makes people’s motivations clearer.  The part that is playing now is painful, listening to wartime hardships and the awful choices people are forced to make is so difficult.

Another good, challenging story along those lines is ‘Still Life With Animated Dogs‘.  Fierlinger tells his story in an unusual and effective way.

Although it was sad hearing that Studs Terkel died last week, it has been great listening to clips of his stories and interviews on NPR.  What an interesting man – I love how open and aware he was, like in this StoryCorps recording.  ‘Hard Times‘ was the first book of ‘oral’ histories I ever read, I loved it.

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