Monday, July 02, 2007

Desert heat


We're in the desert for our annual end-of-school vacation. Yesterday, as we left the Blue Coyote in Palm Springs, the car's thermostat said 120 degrees. Or was it 122? I can't remember; I was delerious.

Actually, it's not that bad. It's balmy at night in the pool.

Here are Brian's glasses. Well, his old glasses. Because the sun and the heat cracked them like marbles dropped in a kettle of boiling water.

My first summer vacation book: Sideways by Rex Pickett. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. Laugh out loud funny and a tearjerker at the end. Enjoyed the movie and have been curious about how the book was. Some of the writing wasn't great but overall I loved it. A guy's book. Very enjoyable. Anyone else read it?

What are you reading and recommend?

7 comments:

Susan said...

I just read a great book for anyone who wants to write: Pen of Fire!!!! Thanks Barbara!!! Just finished your class at UCI this afternoon. A great day had by all!! Thanks for your inspiration and dedication to those of us who want to find our way. Let the Pen ignite our fires!!!

Susan...

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

I had great fun with today's class, too. I meant it when I said there was a ton of talent in that room today. It was a pleasure.

Sophie said...

I read Sideways and was amazed at how poorly it was written. I believe it was published after the movie came out. It's a great story and for that I give the author credit, but the movie was better.
I just finished Janine Latus' If I Am Missing or Dead. It's not exactly a light summer read but it's extremely moving and well written.

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

Interesting! I just looked into it and see that the book was an unsold mss. when it was sold to Hollywood and the interest in the mss. led to its being published.

Here you go:
http://www.bookslut.com/hollywood_madam/2005_01_003984.php

LaShawn M. Wanak said...

Hmm...I watched Sideways and absolutely hated it. I got the book hoping it will be better, but haven't read it yet. Now I'm a little leery. But I think I'll read it anyway. I'm always a sucker for books that were turned into movies.

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

Don't be leary. I really liked the book so much. Yeah, parts were written badly but I'm glad I read it. Parts were very funny and as I've said, I found the ending a tearjerker.

The Truth Hurts said...

Hi - new reader by way of mentalfloss.com.

I just read, and recommend, two books: 1) Armistead Maupin's latest in the Tales of the City series, "Michael Tolliver Lives"; and 2) Sarah Vowell's "Assassination Vacation".