Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,
Ellen
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Book update

In the last entry, I forgot to mention recent reading.

Jill McCorkle, "The Cheer Leader": It sounds like a teenage novel, but it's written for adults. It's a coming of age story in the South in the 60s and 70s, where the protagonist is popular growing up but completely loses it by the time she gets to college. By the last third of the book, I couldn't stand her or her insanity and just skimmed to the end. I left this book in the drawer of the San Antonio Holiday Inn, my first BookCrossing "wild release" (I don't count the books I've left in my building's laundry room book exchange as those aren't accessible to the public, but then again a specific hotel room isn't accessible either)

Alaa Al Aswany, "The Yacoubian Building" (ARC): I see nothing on the Harper Collins First Look site that says I can't talk about it, so I'll reveal that this is the ARC I was reading and finally finished. I almost saw the movie version at Tribeca and now would like to see it. The book is mercifully relatively much shorter (258 pages). It takes place in modern Cairo, but has the feel of a different time, since it's in a different culture. I'm not one who is curious about foreign lands, but the story was fairly interesting. The foreign names got confusing. It's going to the laundry room shelf.

Robert Lipsyte, "One Fat Summer": Teenage novel about a fat boy's summer in a lake community where he becomes less fat, learns about himself, etc. The book was published in 1977, and at one point you learn it takes place in 1952, but there's no real sense of time other than some pop song references thrown in. The kid grapples with his summer job, food, friends changing, bullies and family. Very fast read, nothing special.
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