Monday, May 10, 2010

I've been reading

Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk
Book: Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant

I am a sucker for books that chronicle the authors thoughts throughout an unusual project, like reading the Encyclopedia Britannica or eating outside one's comfort zone for a year.

The first several months of Living Oprah were entertaining, but the last few months I had to slog through. I'm sure that experience mimics what the author felt on her slog through her last few months of Living Oprah. 

It is an interesting and quick read. The author is trying to derive some meaning from her experience for herself, but does pretty well not pushing an agenda on readers. It reads simply as a non-preachy re-telling of her year. Thank you! I hate the preachy gotta-learn-a-lesson memoirs that tell me what I ought to think.

I really loved the month-end wrap ups. The charts of money and time spent satisfied the voyeur in me.

Next up on the "to read" shelf are some books we picked up from Puddin'Head Books and a book Ann recommended to me months ago.

The 19th Wife: A NovelThe 19th Wife: A Novel I have owned this novel for months now but it is just now coming up on my Kindle queue. I think I'll like it. What's not to like about a gay kid, his dog and a cult of murderous polygamists? I have no idea what's in store for me in this book. Is it a comedy (doubtful)? A tragedy (likely)? A tale of redemption? A mystery? A life-changer? A heart-ripper? I really don't know, but the first few chapters are really good.

Real Food Has Curves: How to Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight, and Love What You EatReal Food Has Curves: How To Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight and Love What You Eat I'm not going to lie. I bought this book for aesthetic reasons. I liked the cover, the pages were a made from a pleasing paper (not too thin, not too thick), with wide margins to write in, a good font size and it was written about a topic that I am at least marginally interested in. I know I'll like it. I have never bought a book from Pudd'nhead Books that I haven't liked. The owner does a great job picking out her stock.

Cookin' with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star PriceCookin' with Coolio. I've skimmed through it and it's pretty good. His philosophy is that you can eat well when you're broke. It's written in Coolio/gangsta-speak which is pretty damned entertaining. Do you remember when Coolio guest starred as a nerd on The Nanny? Shaka-zulu!