My local AP mom's group has a book club and both the book we're set to discuss this coming weekend and the following choice are ones I've already read (The Bean Trees
and then Good in Bed
...Loved the former thought the latter was easy to read fluff but neat since it's set in my hometown) - so I figured I'd come here for some ideas
Someone in my apartment building leaves a box full of books he/she doesn't want every couple of months by the communal door and there alwasy seems to be one or two good ones in the pile. This time it was House of Sand and Fog
. Has anyone read it? It was a can't-put-it-down book for me. Very train wreck, particularly as it come to an end, although I thought the ending SUCKED. Like it just randomly ended. And as someone who lived in the San Francisco Bay area for a few years, I thought the frequent use of the shortened name, "Frisco" for for the city was a joke. The only people who call it that are tourists.
What I did enjoy were the characters - particularly the Iranian man. His plight was very well fleshed out.
I haven't seen the movie based on the book, but would like to.
Here's a synopsis from Amazon...
In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Niccolo is a recovering alcoholic and addict whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.
Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills--and what it represents to each of them--and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge on an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.
Cathe - Just wanted to say hiya and that I'm really digging some of the recommendations you've posted - we seem to have similar tastes. We do have a lot in common (nutritionally speaking
) so I guess I shouldn't be suprised.
I read Fast Food Nation
a few years back and thought it was a fabulous expose on the commercial food industry. Very powerful. They should make it part of the lesson plan in public schools!
And, I adore Wild Fermentation
. Not only are the recipes awesome (made the fruit kimchi and it ROCKS) but the commentary is so beautifully written and inspired. For those who aren't familiar with this book, it's all about the power of traditionally fermented vegetables/fruits, sourdough bread, naturally fermented beverages, et al - written by a man living with AIDS on a gay commune in TN.
Have you read The Untold Story of Milk
yet?? Another book I couldn't put down.
AND...I now have an even greater respect for Helen Keller since finding out how politically active she was - and how progressive she was. The book sounds fascinating. Is it worth the read?
Could the woman who posted earlier (sorry, can't remember your name and am too lazy to go back) about Joey Green's Incredible Country Store
please give a brief overview? It looks very interesting.