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Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Funny Girl

kyenne, February 28, 2015

This isn't easy to write, and as a die-hard fan of Mr. Hornby's, I was disappointed this time around. Since "High Fidelity", I've been smitten with his writing. I've kept pace through the years, although the last novel I read was "Juliet, Naked" which I liked tremendously (the story was different, a bit edgier, and good enough for me to find a second-hand copy to keep). Ditto his non-fiction, from "Fever Pitch" through last' year's collection of "Believer" columns. In other words, I'm predisposed to both want to read this novel, and to enjoy it.

Why didn't I care for it? Perhaps it has something to do with just having finished an amazing novel (Amy Rowland's "The Transcriptionist") and Hornby's heroine Barbara / Sophie was two-dimensional, as were her relationships and quite frankly, her career. The writers, Tony and Bill were better fleshed out, as was Dennis, the producer and finally, the story was as lame as some of the television scripts referenced in the plot. I didn't care about any of it, although I finished it quickly. Perhaps that is how it was written: an outline of some good ideas, a great setting in sixties London, and not enough development. Maybe it's best read as a summer beach book...
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Twelve Recipes by Cal Peternell
Twelve Recipes

kyenne, December 12, 2014

If I'd had this cookbook half a lifetime ago, I'd be twice the cook I am today. Or something like that. This is a great guide for beginners and a delight to read. Better yet, the thoughtful presentation creates and encourages the confidence to get started and the success to continue. With great pictures and clear instructions, it's basic in the best way and never boring.
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No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better. by Elizabeth Weil
No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better.

kyenne, October 23, 2014

I'm not big on "self-help" books. I also think good writing is all about "show" don't "tell". With that in mind, this book was an unexpected delight and worth reading for the humor, good will, and honesty of the author. I looked forward to picking up the book each evening, and how what I read engaged me, both as a story, and an opportunity to consider and reflect on how I enter into relationships and engage with other people. Shunryu Suzuki told his students that "Each of you is perfect the way you are ... and you can use a little improvement." This book relects that wisdom. If you liked "Poser" by Claire Dederer (which I did, despite not doing yoga), you'll enjoy this as well.
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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage

kyenne, September 20, 2014

I read "A Homemade Life" last year, so I was happy to check out "Delancey". It's a lovely, wonderful book that kept me company each night before I fell asleep for a couple of weeks The author creates an inviting intimacy, the kind of 'pull up a chair and eat in the kitchen' attitude that Molly and her husband sought to create in their Seattle restaurant. It works. I felt nourished and surrounded by people I would want to hang out with, their quirks and struggles intact. The recipes that close out many chapters are deceptively simple to make, and enticing to eat. And I laughed out loud. The greatest compliment I can offer is it reminds me of Laurie Colwin's "Home Cooking" - a much-stained copy holds a place of honor in my kitchen. For anyone reading this who listens to "Sound Opinions", this is a "buy" - I read it from the library and can't wait to purchase the paperback.
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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

kyenne, June 15, 2014

If you like essays, read this book. I love essays the way other people love short stories (and likely for the same reason), and the more I read, the choosier I get. This is a great collection. Whether she's writing about starting an independent bookstore (yay) in Nashville, or her dog, or yes, her marriage, I can't wait to turn the page, and I don't want the story to end. My favorite piece is about writing, and while she's speaking to her livelihood, the thoughtfulness and advice apply to life in general. When I finally put the book down, I marveled most at how very very good her writing is, and how easy she makes it look.
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