In an effort to make myself think of something else, I checked out several books from the library today. I’ve already read two now and will probably go and get more tomorrow before I go home from my boyfriend’s. (I use his town’s library because it’s bigger and better and awesomer than libraries where I live. I used his address to get a card. This is probably not, technically, allowed, but the library police have yet to come and arrest me.)
And here are Meaghan’s distract-herself-from-stress books:
Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang, a children’s novel about a twelve-year-old girl and her grandfather in a cattle car on their way to Auschwitz and the gas chambers.
Fool by Christopher Moore, a retelling of King Lear from the points of view of two minor characters in the original play. I’ve read most of Moore’s other books and he’s one of my favorite authors of all time. I’ve practically suffocated laughing at his stories.
Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth, a novel about a twelve-year-old girl in mid-twentieth century India whose husband (whom she married at nine and didn’t live with yet) dies, leaving her in the terrible position of being a Hindu widow without having ever really been a wife.
New Boy by Julian Houston, a novel about a black teenager from a wealthy family in the South in the 1950s. His family wants him to get a real education outside the segregated schools, so he becomes the first black student enrolled in a fancy boarding school in Connecticut.
The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide to Mental Disorders You Can Just Feel Coming On by Dennis DiClaudio, a collection of truly weird mental disorders I’d never heard of before, told in a humorous format.
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes, a scholarly tome over 700 pages long, which got excellent reviews. I’m reading it now and I can tell you the first 64 pages are great.
Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad by Naim Kattan, a memoir about the author growing up as a Jew in Iraq, then having to leave in the 1940s due to antisemitism.
Allah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma, a novel about a child soldier in the Ivory Coast.
Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost, a travel memoir about the author’s experiences in Fiji and Vanatu.
A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term by Bronislaw Malinowski, extracts from the notes and diaries of an anthropologist in Papua New Guinea.
Trying to stay away from my usual complement of Depressing Literature. The last four are for my Around the World Challenge, where I’m trying to read at least one book set in every country in the world.