"Because I'm a workaholic who also enjoys having a raging social life, a stack of recently received New Yorkers has been collecting dust on my coffee table. I'm working my way through mountain (cuz you know those suckers come every week--which, is usually not often enough but when you're behind it's just a sea of seemingly infinite words) while giving serious thought to which book I'll get my grubby paws stuck in next: either a Susan Sontag book that I picked up for two bucks or this tattered little number so graciously on loan from the Music Mama."
Amy (aka The Music Mama):
"Still working my way through Foucault's Pendulum."
"The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. The entire history is set forth from the Music of the Ainur, in which the world began, to the passing of the ring bearers from the Havens of Mithlond at the end of the Third Age."
"I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. Just started it but it seems like it is going to be good. I loved his book She's Come Undone, so I decided to read this one as well."
"Having just moved to Nampa, I find myself illuminating strange aspects of said town to faraway friends, such as the train tracks (and the wrong side, thereof), the roller rink, and of course the smoky, foul aroma of the sugar beet factory. A friend in New York was excited about the beets, and recommend I read The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich. I haven't started yet, but based on the front cover I can expect nothing less than a 'perfect and perfectly wonderful novel' and from the back, I prepare to be 'captivated.' We'll see."
"I just got a hold of The Fight by Norman Mailer, from 1975. It's about the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The big heavyweight fight was pure spectacle, staged in Zaire. Not only is it a great read about a wild event, full of crazed characters, but it's a beautiful depiction of Ali, who was at his prime. Also, I'm re-reading a profile of Floyd Landis, the American competing in this year's Tour de France. It appeared in last month's Outside Magazine. Because I'm currently training for a bike race in August, I'm digging for any form of athletic inspiration. Landis will have to do."
"Sara Vowell's Partly Cloudy Patriot. My son's favorite book right now is And If the Moon Could Talk. *wow!* incredible children's book."