lisa's reviews

Reading is the only thing in the world I am good at. A lifetime of reading, fifteen years of working in bookstores, and libraries, and an obsession with the written word makes me qualified enough to talk someone's ear off about books.  Now I am getting more ARCs than I have room for in the house.  Let me get back to reading them!

The Faraway Nearby - Rebecca Solnit This book was interesting..... every time I got fed up with it and thought about putting it aside, it got really good. I liked reading about her interpretation of fairy tales, and her essay on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Somewhat boring and much too introspective in some places, but overall a decent book.

On further reflection I am awed by how the book's chapters wind out, and then bring themselves back together. It didn't seem like much when I first thought about it, but the more I think about it, the more I think that this is a very clever, very complex way to tell a story, one that not many authors could pull off so well.