Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Anne Tyler's Digging to America

You know how when you read a book that you love, you are elated and then when it's over, you're sort of depressed, because you think there will never be another book that you'll love as much--and then there is, and you're elated all over again?

I'm reading Anne Tyler's newest novel and I will say, I love it as much as I loved Accidental Tourist, which was not only a great book, but a great movie adaptation.

This book also interests me because I sense Tyler infusing the book with her life, and I'm always interested in how we translate bits of our lives into fiction.

(Actually, I'm listening to it on CD, with Blair Brown--Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, with the wonder David Strathairn--doing a stellar job reading.)

What are you reading that you love?


Jill said...

Wicked by Gregory Maguire (I always slip and say "Jerry"!). The story is so different than I anticipated, and so different overall from anything I've read in a long time, that alone makes me love it! The story has the best character development I've ever come across.

Darkly said...

I didn't like the book, (Accidental Tourist) but I loved the movie adaptation - shocking because for me, it's usually the other way around.

I like her voice, though. So conversational, almost conspiratorial...

Maybe I'll have to give the latest a try. :)

Anonymous said...

I've heard good things about Wicked, Jill.

Darkly, I didn't like Accidental Tourist when I first tried to read it. Then I revisited it some time later and got right into it.

Anonymous said...

I'm reading "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," and I have to read it slowly because it's packed with so much good stuff. It's not great literature, but I think it might change my life.

Also, loving "Half Moon Investigations" by Eoin Colfer -- a middle grade novel about a 12 year old detective. SO adorable. Written with that noir detective voice, yet talking about the playground and stolen lunches. Too cute.

Amy said...

I just finished The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson, which was darn near perfect. Now, in a complete switch, I'm off to read Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala.