Friday, February 04, 2005

Weekend Reading

Just finished a great book - Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson. I usually love Bryson although he sometimes has a tendency to whine (especially in his America books). I enjoy his wry sense of humor and descriptive writing style. I guess my dad hates him because Bryson wrote something nasty about Cleveland. But really, if I were going to disown everyone who dogged on my hometown, I would be divorced and friendless. You need a hide like a rhino if you're from Cleveland.

That aside, in Neither Here Nor There Bryson retraces the steps of his youthful travels in Europe. The book is 15 years old, so it's interesting to hear him talk about the fall of Communism and quote prices in native currencies (instead of the euro). He reminisces, compares the countries to his memories and seeks out new traveling stories. I'd rate this one a close second to his book on Australia and you'd do well to check them both out.

I went to Borders today to pick up a little treat for the weekend - Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares. It's the third in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and well, if you think you need double X chromosomes to enjoy the books, you're probably right. Even though they're geared for the young adult audience, the books are engaging and funny. I can't say enough good things about the Pants books so I'm going to stop trying and get to reading the latest!

7 Comments:

At 5 February 2005 at 01:59, Blogger Career Guy said...

Yes, we did have a one way mirror, but the only pressure I felt was to impress somebody with a pithy comment or two.
Your Pants book sounds like Anne River Siddons books that Hick-or-y tried to get me to read. Too girly--couldn't get past the first few pages.

 
At 10 February 2005 at 23:50, Blogger Jen said...

Have you ever read Freya Stark? Excellent travel writing on the Middle East (and tons of other places) by a woman in the 1930's. No Touch Monkey! is a hilarious travel writing book, if you haven't read it yet.

 
At 11 February 2005 at 01:43, Blogger -Ann said...

No, I've never heard of Freya Stark. I will have to check that out. Any book called No Touch Monkey has got to be good.

 
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