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Review: James Prosek’s “Eels”

James P. loves fishing. He likes to write about fishing. He writes like a privileged white American man. He has clearly listened to too many of the naffer episodes of This American Life. He became obsessed by eels. He travelled to Japan and New Zealand and Micronesia and Europe and wildest New York State and got down with the local people who got down with the eels. They, like, shared their stories with him. He felt, like, like a cosmic bond. He stayed obsessed for eleven years and wrote this book. It’s a shame there was so much of James P. in it ‘cos some of the culture was quite interesting. Not especially recommended (sorry, Dr. S!).

Where it came from: SG+SV’s Bookshelf
Time and manner of reading: Various sneaky reads to distract from ginormous book below
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of: Those “biography of a thing” books that were big in the late 1990s, e.g. Colour, Salt, Cod, etc., all three of which I really enjoyed
Who I’d recommend it to: Hmm… Someone willing to wade through the pretention to get to the kulcha
Also reading: Rabbit #5

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Review: Giles Andreae’s “The Knitting Gorilla”

A kid’s book about how the gorilla boy-baby who loves knitting softens his big daddy’s heart and starts a “sweater” fad. The gayest book I’ve ever read: awesome!

Where it came from: SG+SV’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: With delight and out-loud laughing
Where it went to: Back home
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Who I’d recommend it to: Anyone!
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; The Times Deceas’d by Timothy d’Arch Smith; Working Hot by Mary Fallon

Review: Hervé Tullet’s “The Game of Light”

A board book which has shapes cut out of it. Grab a torch, find a dark space, and make the shapes dance on your walls. Delightful!

Where it came from: SG+SV’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: Enclosed in the hall, lying on the floor with the VG infant, waving a torch at the wall
Where it went to: Back home
Reminds me of:
Who I’d recommend it to: Oh, anyone with a kid and a wall
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; The Times Deceas’d by Timothy d’Arch Smith; Working Hot by Mary Fallon

Review: Charise Mericle Harper’s “The Power of Cute”

How cuteness can overcome big scary monsters with the power of a small head, big eyes and a shrunken body. Most entertaining for its size.

Where it came from: SG+SV’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: All at once, with the GV infant on lap
Where it went to: Back home
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Who I’d recommend it to: Oh, just about anyone
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Affinity by Sarah Waters

Review: Sarah Stewart’s “The Library”

“I found a children’s library book that’s all about you! I’ll keep it out till you arrive…”

So read SV’s text message, and bless her for reborrowing this on my behalf. Elizabeth Brown loves reading so much that she reads while doing everything, sets up her own library, buys a big house, fills it with books, donates the house and books to the town as a new library, and moves herself and her cats in with her lady friend so they can read and drink cups of tea together.

No comment required.

Where it came from: Library via SG+SV’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: In one go, with rueful self-recognition
Where it went to: Back home
Reminds me of: Me!
Who I’d recommend it to: Other inveterate (aka hopelessly addicted) booklovers
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville