Mini-Break

February 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If anyone was wondering what I’ve been up to all week, I had a little mini-vacation.  My man Rocket Scientist went out of town, and my brother and his fabulous girlfriend came to visit me.

On Saturday we went to Alcatraz, and it just so happened that a historian was on site doing a book signing.  I tell you, I can find a book anywhere I go!  Afterward we stopped for a read-and-run at the San Francisco library, so I could finally pick up The Midlander by Booth Tarkington.  I’ll skip the part about how hard it was for me to get ahold of that book, for now anyway.  Then we raced to San Jose to see the Winchester Mystery House, and managed to get there with six minutes to spare before the last tour of the day.  Great fun.

It was my brother’s birthday on Monday, so naturally I got him books.  It seemed funny to pair 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and Peter Greenberg’s Don’t Go There.  My brother’s main goal in life is to sky dive in all 50 states, and most of the time we spend together these days is while on vacation.

Sadly, my guests had to leave at 3AM on Monday.  I got over the loss fairly quickly, though, because it meant I had all day Monday to read.

“Nine Kinds of Naked”

February 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Posted in Fiction | 1 Comment

Not only am I going to say that Nine Kinds of Naked is my favorite book of the year, but it’s also going on my Crazy Love list.  I just hope Tony Vigorito writes fast!

If you’d handed me this book with the author’s name blanked out, I would have felt quite confident in identifying it as a new book by Tom Robbins.  This is terribly exciting for me, because Tom Robbins is only publishing his tenth book in nearly 40 years.  I get impatient.

Nine Kinds of Naked is full of magical realism, wordplay, hijincks, metaphysics, wild characters, and random factoids.  I couldn’t put it down.  I’m planning to read his first book, Just a Couple of Days, as soon as I can get my hands on it.

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