I’m on vacation this week, which means lots of reading and relaxing — and no reviewing. I’ll be back next week with book reviews.
On my vacation, I’ve read two books I loved: The Painter, by Peter Heller, which came out last year, and Hold Still, by Sally Mann, just published.
If I were teaching a class called “How to Write a Novel”, I would use the opening lines of The Painter as an example of how to grab a reader’s attention:
I never imagined I would shoot a man. Or be a father. Or live so far from the sea.
(By the way, I just read the advance reader’s copy of a terrific novel with the title How to Write a Novel, by Melanie Sumner, that will be published as a paperback original in early August. I enjoyed every page of this clever and endearing book, and what I loved most was the voice of the 12.5 year old (yes, that’s how she refers to herself) narrator, Aristotle. If you liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (and who didn’t?), you’ll have a great time with How to Write a Novel.)
I think Hold Still is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. It doesn’t seem fair that Sally Mann is not only a renowned photographer but a talented writer as well. Don’t be tempted to read the book electronically, because the photographs — and there are many — are integral to the story, and I think you need to see them on the printed page.
I’m in the middle of The Rocks, by Peter Nichols, which I brought along because it seemed like such a vacation book — it’s good, but I’m able to put it down. There’s so much else to do, especially when the sun is shining!
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I loved the Sally Mann memoir!
I thought it was incredible!
Enjoy your vacation! How to Write a Novel sounds interesting. And, I had my eye on The Rocks, but ended up passing on it. Will be interesting to hear people’s reactions.
I’d skip The Rocks if I were you. Sorry I spent so much time on it — it needed an editor.
I really enjoyed The Painter. I also enjoyed his other book, The Dog Stars.
I haven’t read The Dog Stars, but if it’s anywhere near as good as The Painter, I’m going to read it!
Yeah I liked The Painter too. I had to reread what I wrote about it from last year at http://www.thecuecard.com/books/the-painter/ . Thanks for the tip on the Sally Mann memoir; I didn’t realize it’s that good. I’ll have to check it out. Enjoy your vacation
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