As you can see from Barb’s intro, reading brought us together. For what it is worth, I didn’t really like the Tom Robbins I was reading when she reached out to me. Here’s a picture of me reading when Barb and I were on vacation. For the record, I am reading Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck, which is better than you might think it would be.
We’re hoping this blog finds readers who like discussions about books. From time to time, something else might find its way in, but more or less we’re here to talk about our love of reading. I don’t have a kindergarten story like Barb, but I will tell you that my gateway drug was Matt Christopher’s books about sports. I read each one of them in the Conneaut School library, probably more than once and always when I was supposed to be asleep.
I should start this with a bit of an introduction …I’m Barb Fischer. I’ve always been an avid reader. The word on the street is that when I went with my mom to meet my kindergarten teacher for the first time I told her that I only wanted to go to school to learn to read. Then I spent another 16 years in school and got an English degree.
The way my husband and I met was online – a dating site, yes! His ‘one of the reasons you should message me’ was: if you want to know what I am reading. I took the bait and asked what he was reading – it was Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins, (if you are interested). I was reading my first and last Philip Roth book. And yadda yadda yadda….we got married!
After we got back from our honeymoon, we started a ‘reading project’ (I guess that sounds better than a two-person book club). We decided to read book that no one usually does (but says that they do). We blogged about the experience and I really enjoyed it. So we figured that a blog about books and reading in general (and other stuff too, maybe!) would be kind of cool.
Everyone is aware that Ron Chernow’s Hamilton biography was adapted into Hamilton: The Musical, a transformative work of genius. I’m not sure there’s a musical inside of Grant, but I’d like to suggest a novel/film which occurred to me from the lesser known parts of the Grant bio. To be clear, there are enough movies … Continue reading A sub-story from Grant
I was on Twitter and saw that #WorldPoetryDay was trending. (I really need to keep track of these things.) Then I thought – wait – didn’t we do a poetry post in the fall? Yes we did. That was for #NationalPoetryDay. Wait, what? UNESCO has declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day. According to … Continue reading Happy World Poetry Day!
This was a very interesting book. I thought it was going to go one way, and then it didn’t. Wow, is that cryptic or what? The story is about Allie Simon. She gets involved with a hot shot up-and-coming chef, Benji Zane, who has a myriad of issues, mainly that he is a drug addict. … Continue reading Hot Mess by Emily Belden
So, I finished Chernow’s Grant…all 958 pages of it. It was worth it. Chernow is great and his reputation is well-earned. Great biographies are still stories and great biographers have to tell stories. I understand that academic biographies might be different, but for readable, popular biographers are storytellers. And this is a great story, told … Continue reading Chernow’s Grant: A Review