Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Ghost at the Table

The Ghost at the Table: A Novel (Shannon Ravenel Books (Hardcover)) The Ghost at the Table: A Novel by Suzanne Berne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. It was everything I hoped Sing Them Home would be. It's a book about the relationship between two sisters and how they remember their childhood and the events that happened when they were children. Berne perfectly captures how memories of the same time can be so different and how we perceive ourselves may not be how others see us. The only wish I could have is that Berne would write a sister novel from the perspective of the other sister!
P.S. No swearing or sex!

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Love is a Mixed Tape

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Rob Sheffield takes an original spin on the memoir: he relates everything that happens in his life to music. He starts each chapter with a mixed tape listing from that point in his life or that exemplifies the feelings of that time. Unique idea. Probably would have been better if the book actually came with those songs. Unfortunately, being a few years younger and not exactly in tune with his musical tastes, I couldn't relate as much to what he was trying to portray. In fact, he relies so heavily on song, artist, and movie refrences that I didn't know that I never really cared about him or his wife, although I really wanted to.
I would recommend this to Alyssa if she is ever delayed at the airport or is bed bound for some reason, if only because he lives in Charlottesville, VA, and you may get a kick out of knowing some common places.

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