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December 9, 2009 - Meg Alexander
My latest recommendation for reading comes, once again, from my stepdaughter's bookshelf. "Drown" by Junot Diaz is a compilation of 10 short stories. I read only the first story and praised it so highly my stepdaughter took the book back to read it herself, so I will have to update you later on the book as a whole. "Ysrael," the story I read, is about two very different brothers. The younger one, as expected, looks up to his older brother, who is a rather hateful character. "Ysrael" is a boy they know of who wears a mask, rumored to cover the damage done by a wild pig that attacked him. The drama that ensues between the three is emotionally charged and thought provoking.

Next up, "Dracula." I began reading it online through Google books, but I've set it aside until I can pick up an actual copy. Reading (a novel) on a computer just doesn't do it for me.

Meanwhile, I'm also slowly making my way through 400 pages "packed full of high matters, which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook," according to historian Jacques Barzun.

And what book might that be? "How to Read a Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, a whopper of a read my father has been trying to get me to pick up since I was a little girl. I discovered it at a used bookstore and when I actually looked at it without the cynicism of a snotty daughter, I found myself intrigued.


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