Sunday, December 5, 2010
The Sunday Salon: On Happiness, Drive, and Ethics
Here we are, the first weekend in December. Can someone tell me how this happened? We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and honestly, it seems as if we just did this. I know many of you feel the same way. This will be the last relatively low-key weekend for the rest of the year.
Before we dive into December, a quick wrap-up of November's reading. I had a great reading month, with 9 books read, including 1.5 audiobooks. (I listened to the first 150 pages of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.) Links take you to my reviews. (I have these other reviews written, just not posted yet.)
The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
Mrs. Somebody Somebody, by Tracy Winn
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, by Jon McGregor
Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays, by Joel Waldfogel
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky
A Mango Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass
Saving Sky, by Diane Stanley
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (audiobook)
Of these, four of them will be making an appearance on my personal Best Books Read This Year Reading List. (In case you're wondering, they are Mrs. Somebody Somebody, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Bad Marie, and Half the Sky. Saving Sky, which is a middle grade novel, might make it onto there too ... not sure.)
December is starting off somewhat uneventful, reading-wise. I finished Alice Munro's newest collection of short stories, Too Much Happiness. As I wrote in my review, I wasn't terribly impressed. Munro gives her reader several terrific stories ("Dimensions," "Free Radicals," "Face," "Child's Play," the latter being absolutely heartwrenching if you are a parent of a child with special needs), but ultimately, the majority of these were simply adequate. One of the commenters on my review mentioned that Munro works best by reading one at a time, and I think that might be a better approach for me when it comes to Munro.