The "Howdy, Partner" Edition
Lorrie Moore — I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home. Midway through. Liking it. More challenging than her brilliant, slightly more digestible (for me) short stories. I’m midway through because I’m stuck on an island and had to resort to borrowing the book from Libby, my NY Public Library app, but I never quite get the hang of it so didn’t realize it would auto-return without warning to renew. So now I’m back on a bajillion week waiting list. So I took out a previous book of short stories I hadn’t read— Bark — loving it.
Seating Arrangements — by Maggie Shipstead. A fast, compelling read all about people who populate a world I don’t live in but read about in high-tone beach books since time immemorial. Plus it’s about a wedding weekend and everyone is drunk (at some point) and sleeping with someone they shouldn’t be (at some point) so therefore innately interesting. But also literary and with some nuanced character study especially good at analyzing what happens to college friendships after…college.
E-reading is not good for the way I read and remember things about books (I am a “visual learner” and remember characters and plot twists by where they are introduced (upper right hand page about a tenth of the way in). So “31%” doesn’t do it for me.” So I got desperate for paper and happily plowed my way through three New Yorkers and two Atlantics which came courtesy of snail mail, car, ferry, and wagon.
On deck: (still struggling with e-reading but committed to it…)
The Book of Goose, by Yiyun Li.
The Guest, by Emma Cline.
Crook Manifesto, by Colson Whitehead
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Just FYI — I’m headed bit further East this week, to Les Hamptons and El Montauk. A three-part sojourn with a stop for family (cousins!), friend (and his family!), and even a relocated business meeting.
Is everyone excited for the Women’s Doubles Tournament next weekend? Hopefully, see you next week, win lose or draw.