Monday, April 30, 2007

Recent Reads

Finished:

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, by Nora Ephron. I'm a little too young to be reading (listening to) this book, but it's quite amusing nonetheless. Nora Ephron wrote the screenplays -- Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry met Sally, You've Got Mail -- and this book is a collection of essays on being woman and aging. She puts things in perspective, such as, when you neck gets old and wrinkled, there isn't much you can do about it. I didn't know you are supposed to have a winter and a summer purse. But I do know the time consuming task of upkeep and the now ever so popular three hours every six weeks hair torture.

Dean and Me, by Jerry Lewis. It's one of those times that I discover someone I swoon over, and turns out the man is dead. I'm listening to lots of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra these days, along with Andrea Bocelli (alive and well) and Michael Crawford (alive and well).

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell. They only had abridged version for audio book, so one day I might have to check out the full version and read it. Like Freakonomics, it's another social study book written for the lay man. Some interesting points.

On Deck:

Dubliners by James Joyce. San Jose library is hanging onto the audio version of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (our next book club read) for dear life, so I'm working on a different Joyce book instead.

The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. I can't believe I'll be reading yet another Oprah book club book. If great minds think alike, what does that tell me?

I'm studying the 50 states with Henry. It's taking me a great deal of effort to remember all the state capitals.

4 comments:

Monica said...

Wow! Sounds like you have been getting a lot of books devoured lately! It's been a while since I've stepped into a good book...hmmm...you've got me tempted, now!

Monica said...

Oh, thanks a lot, Vivian!...I didn't even realize I had NECK wrinkles! The next time I passed a mirror after reading your post, I LOOKED at my neck out of curiosity and lo and behold THERE they were! TWO deep, WELL-ESTABLISHED wrinkles! Who knew! I never even NOTICED it before today!

Okay, now I officially feel old as dirt!

Vivian said...

Hmm, I thought those were birth marks, never noticed them on my own neck before.

Devouring lots of audio books lately thanks to my hour long commute each day. Be even better if I could skip the commute and read the books instead. Hope you find some interesting books too!

Monica said...

Oh...sorry I made YOU notice your neck wrinkles too! Now that is the first thing we will be seeing every time we glance in the mirror!

Listening to audio books is a great way to utilize your time tied up with commuting. My husband and I like to listen to audio books on long road trips...makes the mile fly by more quickly!