Saturday, October 18, 2008
In Sittenfeld's first book "Prep" a young "underpriveleged" girl gets a scholarship to a Boarding School in New England. She constantly second guesses herself and feels as though everything she does is being scrutinized by others and that if anyone does anything for her it is for a reason. When things do start going well for her and people see her for who she can be, she still doesn't quite trust that someone could like her for her that there must be an ulterior motive.
Perhaps the reason it took me so long to read this book is because it hurt to read about myself. That is how I live my life and I know I shouldn't but I do.
This is a very good book and leads you into her next book "Man of My Dreams". This young lady grows up in a very abusive home and is shunned by her father. That upbringing is ingratiated in her mind as she is not good enough for anyone and that if a man is ever in love with her it can only lead to no good. Her trials at relationships with her friends and lovers leads you through your own psyche and makes you (or me at least) think if you are doing the same thing.
I picked up these books in preparation of reading Sitenfelds latest novel "An AMerican Wife". This book is loosely written on First Lady Laura Bush. I was told if I read it I can't help but come away liking her. Her I already like, it's her husband I have a problem with. I'll let you know what I think of this when I read it.
Posted by Adrienne at 1:31 PM
Sunday, October 12, 2008
You really have to be a big baseball fan to be able to follow and/or enjoy this book. Thankfully I am. The storyline takes place in 1933 and follows Satchel Paige, Leo Durocher, Dizzy Dean and many others from that era in their attempt to hold a St. Louis Cardinals -vs- Negro League Ball Game. At that time A white team was not allowed to play against a Negro team. Common knowledge holds that the Commissioner didn't want anyone to know that the Negro players were just as good if not better than the white players. There are many smaller sub plots and even some sidetracks into Hollywood and kidnapping. But don't let that distract you from a good baseball story.