Posts Tagged ‘first-person narrator’

32. “Room,” Emma Donoghue

October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I would seriously read a book of every moment of Ma’s and Jack’s life from kidnapping to death.

Page count: 321
Total pages: 10,165


15. “I am Not A Serial Killer,” Dan Wells

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Fifteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer– but he feels the monster deep inside that tells him he will be one if he lets his vigilance down. When bodies start turning up in his small town, he is thrilled to get to see the work of a serial killer up close as he helps his mortician mother to prepare the bodies. But soon his interest begins to go too far as he tries to find out more about the killer and how he does his work, John can feel his rules decaying. And finally he must decide whether he wants to be the killer he can feel inside.

This was a quick read. A fifteen-year-old protag makes it feel like young adult lit, but it was in general circ. One good thing about this book: No one tried to speak to me on the train while I was reading it.

Page count: 271
Page total: 4,108

12. “White Tiger,” Aravind Adiga

April 14, 2011 1 comment

Took me a while to get into it because it is “tricky.” The narrator is slick and dances around things a lot. Suddenly at around eighty pages, I was completely engrossed and I don’t know how it happened.

Page count: 304

Page total: 3,305

41. “The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair,” Marion Roach

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

This was an exjoyable read, more in the vein that I thought “Blonde Like Me” would follow.

Page count: 219
Page total: 10,368
LOC Call number: GT6735.R63 2006x

37. “Brazilian Adventure,” Peter Fleming

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

A newspaper editor explores the Amazon in search of Peter Fawcett and the legend of El Dorado.

I found this book really amusing. It was written in 1933, but has a very contemporary tone and is very readable. Flemming says in his foreward that he’s sorry that the book isn’t more interesting, as exploring the Amazon is actually extremely easy and anyone who says otherwise is lying. He wasn’t bothered by bugs, was rarely hungry, and was never afraid. I estimate that this book caused 1.1 million people to run into the Amazon and perrish. Good thing he’s English; they don’t seem much for tortes and, at any rate, would soon find themselves occupied.

Page count: 371
Page total: 9,375
F2515 .F742 1999

34. “Outwitting History,” Aaron Lansky

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

This book was so good. It was touching, funny, educational, and, above all, inspirational. A man who has saved more than 1.5 million books in a language that is dying and gets (or got) little respect? A man who digitized a language by scanning thousands of out-of-print books and making them available for free– starting in 1998, when we were all still using AOL? A man who made me want to learn Yiddish AND write a cheque to support his work? Well played, Aaron Lansky. Seriously, this dude could be featured on Badass of the Week. His business card should just say “Aaron Lansky, Mensch.”

Lately my summaries have been short out of laziness and apathy. This one is short because I don’t want to rob you of the pleasure of reading this book!

Page count: 312
Page total: 8,437
Call number: Z987.L25 2004

30. “The Book of Salt,” Monique Truong

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Really beautiful, but incredibly dense. It took me forever to get through.

This is the first-person account of Binh, GertrudeStein and Alice B. Toklas’ Paris cook.

Page count: 261
Page total: 7,534