Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (audible)
Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden (audible)
Origin by Dan Brown
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West (audible)
November was oh so cozy and I'm still riding that gratitude wave, how about you guys? Let's dig in...
Last Night in Twisted River- John Irving is an author that I try to read once every single year. This book was much more entertaining than the last one of his I read, that's for sure. Twisted River begins in a logging town in the north east and follows the lives of Dominic Baciagalupo and his son Daniel over the course of the next five decades. Dominic and Daniel are on the run for much of the book, hunted by a man on a mission that rivals the obsessed Javert after Jean ValJean. Most of the time the book is a story for all readers, but the second half becomes quite political and I wondered reading this book now how a Republican audience would feel? The book is not kind to George W. Bush at all. I found the book to be rather entertaining overall. Not Irving's best work, but not his worst either.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- Look, this book was not really for me. I always give a fuck.
Promise Me, Dad- Definitely my favorite read of the month. I started listening to this book on a cold November night, the kind of night where you first start to feel like the holidays are near. Biden starts his book talking about his family's Thanksgiving tradition. After the death of his first wife and daughter, Joe met and fell in love with Jill. Joe's parents wanted him to spend Thanksgiving with them. Jill's parents wanted them to spend Thanksgiving with them. And, Beau and Hunt's maternal grandparents wanted all of them to spend Thanksgiving with them. Rather than hurt anyone's feelings they decided to just spend Thanksgiving together, the four of them, in Nantucket. Thus a tradition was born. Joe talks of Thanksgiving memories and of how in 2014 how the only thing on his wish list for Christmas was that Beau would be there next Thanksgiving. Joe talks us through that next year... 2015. Beau's treatments, Joe's work... and ultimately Beau's death and Joe's decision not to run for President. I remember a night I pulled up to home just listening to Joe describe Beau's last breaths. This book while heartbreaking is also exciting because it hints at things to come. Will this man run for President? Will he be the one that saves us all from the crazy man currently running everything into the ground? I hope so. Here's hoping and praying for a Biden-Booker ticket!
Origin- I am a sucker for all things Robert Langdon. I find these books to be such page turners! The chapters are short, they always end leaving you wanting more. The plot always involves foreign places and history. I just love them! This one, while not my favorite was still better than the third one in the series! This time, Dan Brown takes us to Spain and is chasing down the answers to the questions, "Where do we come from? And, where are we going?" As always the book has a great balance of religion and science, so there is something there for everyone.
Shrill- A friend recommended this book to me quite some time ago, and they were right... I loved it! Lindy West is me and I am her. I like this book so much more than Roxane Gay's Hunger! This book had me feeling feisty. Between the news stories of sexual harassment, and sexual assaults and in the midst of this book I found myself in my kitchen staring at my Clinton magnets on the fridge. In a hasty move, I grabbed Bill's and threw it in the garbage! And you know what, if felt good! I look forward to reading more from this feminist. She's amazeballs.
What have you been reading?