Instead of writing a long, rambling, multi-part series about the books I read all year I decided to go month by month. So here's what I read in January.
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
This is a cookbook, but I read it straight through. I like the idea of it, but I just don't like salad as much as Alice Waters. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. They are probably good. The food at Pizzaria 712 is good and they like this book so, you do the math.
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
I just really like John Irving, sexually deviant characters and all--what can I say? It's always interesting when he writes about a writer, as he does in this book. Its' not life-changing or anything. Just good writing and an interesting story. A Prayer for Owen Meaney is better.
*Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
This book is compelling but troubling because I don't buy into the "new morality" Frank Lloyd Wright and his girlfriend try to promote. To me it was just a sad, sad story of two families that are broken up by an affair. But the ending!? Holy cow. It's a super shocker. And the architecture stuff is good. I do recommend this book. But the characters kind of bother me. I'd be interested to know if they bother you, too.
Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
This is a book of essays. Some of them are really priceless.
The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete
I'm so obsessed with these monks!
And finally, The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Yes. I know I'm the last person in the world to read this. It's pretty good and pretty interesting. I like Pollan's approach and suggestions and I do wish the conditions under which my food is grown were more ideal, but I couldn't help but feel a little bit impressed by the innovation of food scientists. I mean, high-fructose corn syrup? When you've got an abundance of corn--it's not a bad idea. This is how I feel--I can't help it. I read Michael Pollan and I'm impressed by food scientists. I watch Avatar and I'm repulsed by the special effects. At any rate, this book made me want to keep chickens and not abuse them. Maybe I could foster some chickens.
That's it! That's all I read in January. If you have a suggestion for a book you think I'll like, let me know.