Wednesday, August 04, 2010

at the moment


~trying to finish up John Grisham's novel for middle readers, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. Theo is hard not to like. He's passionate about the law (both parents are lawyers; one of his best friends is a judge) and hopes to practice one day. In the meantime, he dispenses legal advice (“I don’t take money”) whenever his peers solicit it. The novel hinges on his interest in a high-profile murder trial. The defendant, Mr. Duffy, stands accused of murdering his wife. The defendant seems guilty, but all the evidence is circumstantial. No doubt, Theo Boone will find that key piece of evidence that neither lawyer nor investigators have been able to dredge up. So far, it’s enjoyable read—quick and compelling with explanations of legal terms and processes.


~starting Frederick Reiken’s third novel, Day for Night, which is exactly the book I was looking for. After completing Red Hook Road, nothing I picked up felt right. Actually, the novels I started, including Allegra Goodman’s Cookbook Collector, all had the same feel when I was hoping to find something fresh. Day for Night first came to my attention on Facebook, where some bookseller friends raved their early reads. Then my friend Suzanne, whose personal library resembles mine, recommended it as one of the most unique novels she had read recently. Plus, it got good industry buzz as one of the books from Reagan Arthur’s inaugural list at Little, Brown. So I checked it out and quickly came to my last three-week renewal. To my surprise, there’s no waiting list in the St. Paul Public Library system. People, that status has to change—read this book. Until I find an adequate way to talk about the book without giving away the plot, suffice to say the novel has linked stories. But not really stories, rather chapters with shifting points of view—because there is one story running through the disparate parts. I hope I’m not ruining it. Reiken is an insanely talented writer.  

~contemplating dipping into another book. Contenders include Color: A Natural History by Victoria Finley, which is on my 42 list, or an armchair mystery, such as Donna Leon’s Friends in High Places, or a high-brow beach read, such as Elin Hildebrand’s Castaways. Thoughts?

15 comments:

v惠王王王娟 said...

財富並非永遠的朋友,但朋友卻是永遠的財富。......................................................................

esthermelvin said...

若有人問你成功時會不會記得他 試問若你失敗時他會不會記得你......................................................................

子怡谷怡谷怡谷翔 said...

愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

威吳隆威吳隆威吳隆威吳隆 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

峻胡邦慧v帆 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。..................................................

said...

培養健全孩子最好的方法是父母先成為健全的人。......................................................................

1615 said...

時時關心,時時感動。..................................................

翊翊翊翊張瑜翊翊翊 said...

睇完之後覺得有d頓悟..感謝大大分享..˙ 3˙............................................................

江仁趙雲虹昆 said...

感謝分享 功德無量............................................................

佳張張張張燕張張張張張 said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份............................................................

黃英吳思潔吳思潔邦 said...

困難的不在於新概念,而在於逃避舊有的概念。......................................................................

志涛 said...

may the blessing be always with you!!............................................................

黃英吳思潔吳思潔邦 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債...........................................................

三琪 said...

到處逛逛~~來繞繞留個言囉~~~~..................................................

建枫 said...

有趣有趣~還ok的啦(。・`ω´・)......................................................