What’s going on with all those books in my “Currently Reading” list, especially those two that have been there since the summer, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Building a Home with My Husband? I just don’t think I’m going to write about either of them. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, has some good parts that I’ve been reading bits of, but I don’t have the stomach to read the part about the pig (you know that part, right? Where he butchers a pig himself?). I can’t really write anything coherent about the book if all I’ve done is read random bits. Besides, I think enough people have talked about this book in newspapers, magazines, blogs, on TV, etc. that you can use one of those articles to figure out whether or not you want to read it.
Building a Home with My Husband is by Rachel Simon, with whom I went to college. She had her publisher send me a copy of this expressly for my blog. Rachel, I loved your earlier book, Riding the Bus with my Sister, but this one is too intimate for me to read and write about. I think because I know Rachel I can’t separate myself enough from her story to analyze it objectively. Building a Home with My Husband is classic Rachel: beautifully written and very detailed. If you enjoy creative non-fiction, especially books that deal with families and relationships, you should absolutely read this book.
And the other books in the list are books I’ve read recently but haven’t gotten around to blogging about. I'm going to run out of weeks in 2009 before I run out of blog posts. I have had lots of time for reading recently. (I have not, however, had time for housework, grocery shopping, or cooking. Nope, sorry, much too busy.)