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01:43 am: • What are you reading?

Who Do You Love, by Jennifer Weiner. Not recommended. There's a bullying scene. The thin rich pretty doted-on girl who does the bullying is our protagonist. The victim is described with such detailed, thorough loathing that I am reconsidering everything I ever enjoyed about Jennifer Weiner novels.

• What did you recently finish reading?

A Slight Trick of the Mind, by Mitch Cullen. Recommended. Read for library book group. Nobody said the word, but we talked about fanfiction, which is hard not to do when you're talking about Sherlock Holmes. One guy didn't mind all the AU versions of Sherlock, but was indignant about this one because it pretended to be the real Sherlock, but it was taking away everything that made him Sherlock (i.e., his great brain). I thought Cullen created a believable person, who was believably the same person as ACD's Sherlock Holmes, but seen through two very different writers' styles. I loved the detail that Cullen's Holmes is aware of the fanwork being created about him, and very offended by the ones that depict his dear companion as Jam Watson.

The person who picked the book began by apologizing for it: she hadn't read it, only seen the movie, at book-choosing time. Apparently the movie has a happy ending pasted on? I can't see how that would work. The book is all about the fact that we all lose things we can't bear to lose; that not even the great detective can turn back time and bring them back to us; that we mostly go on living anyway.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got to finish my bowl of misery soup, that is, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, for book group Sunday.

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From:nancylebov
Date:October 24th, 2015 09:22 am (UTC)
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I noticed in Weiner's first novel (Good in Bed) that the viewpoint character had an anger problem, and Weiner didn't seen to see it.
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From:boxofdelights
Date:October 29th, 2015 04:14 am (UTC)
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That is interesting. It makes me want to reread Weiner's novels to think about what she is saying about girls' and women's anger. I think there is a thread of women who have been taught that they can't be angry (it's uncivilized, it's unfeminine, it's ungrateful, it might destroy the world or their lives or their relationships with the people they love). They get angry, and deal with it badly -- because the only thing they've ever been taught is don't!
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