Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer reading list

Those dog days of summer are here! No matter if you're on the beach (I wish), on the subway, on your couch (that's more like it) or in a car reading is the perfect activity. It is food for your mind and a way to keep your brain smart. Here are some of my favorite summer reads.

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1.) The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2.) The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

3.) A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

4.) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

5.) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

6.) And then there were none by Agatha Christy

7.) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

What are some of your favorite summer reads? Let me know by posting below. If you have any questions, comments, etc. about the books listed above post away!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome

Hello fellow book friends!! I know I haven't posted in forever, but I have been reading. I have been reading the No. 1 Ladies Detective agency series and recently finished "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton. Today I am going to talk a little bit about "Ethan Frome." First let's find out about the author. Edith Wharton was born in 1865, into a wealthy New York family. She traveled extensively and was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for literature for her novel "Age of Innocence" (on my to reading list). She spent her life writing, promoting French imperialism and participating in charitable works. She died in 1937, in France.
Wharton wrote "Ethan Frome" in 1912. Ethan Frome is the name of a man who lives in Starkfield, a small New England town. He desperately longs to leave this town but his trapped there taking care of his sick parents and his invalid wife, Zeena. He pines after Mattie, his cousin, and contemplates leaving his wife to start a new life with Mattie but tragedy prevents this from occuring.
The vivid descriptive narratives draws the reader into Ethan's gloomy and seemingly hopeless life. The entire tale is told by an unknown narrator who peers into Ethan's life from the outside. Although this was a dismal and at times depressing story it is considered an American classic. In 1933, it was made into a movie...that I'll have to check out one of these days!
In the upcoming days I am going to post some of my summer reading suggestions for the beach and those dog days of summer!