I read, constantly. I write up my reviews in the way that I read my books, in short stacks of four…
Around the World with Auntie Mame – I only recently discovered the movie Auntie Mame was based on a book (books!). I read the first volume last fall and loved revisiting madcap Mame (the aunt I wanted to grow up to be). Around the world did not disappoint. It was a compilation of short stories about Mame’s crazy adventures across Europe. I can count on these books to make me laugh out loud. #fabulous
Louder than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning – This was not the book I thought it would be – but instead was much more interesting. I thought it would be about body language and tone – instead it is about how language forms pictures in our mind.
For example – if I ask you to visualize a flying pig… you can do it. I asked several people and their answer was almost instant – “got it!” Think about that for a moment, we can all visualize a flying pig – but we have ZERO BASIS in reality to base that on. 90% of people envision what the book calls a “PIG-asus” (a pig/Pegasus hybrid). But it can really be a limitless number of possibilities – a pot bellied pig in a Channel carry on in first class, a pig with a propeller snout, one that got sprinkled with pixie dust, and doesn’t need visible wings, juggled bacon, it could even be a police officer in a helicopter.
I’m a very visual person, so all the layers of how we create pictures in our minds from talking and reading was fascinating to me.
Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life – Everybody has to deal with a little crazy in their lives. This communication book was very different from others I’ve read before – full of practical examples, exercises, and tips on how to “talk to crazy” (not a clinical slur, just a term they used in the book to describe irrational and difficult behavior). I can see how their counter intuitive advice might really work & am looking forward to trying out some of the things I’ve learned. If you have to ask who I am going to try it out on, it’s probably you. That’s OK. Everybody’s crazy sometimes.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper – I was so *pardon the pun* CHARMED by this book! This is truly one of the reasons I LOVE that I’m spending 2018 working my way through books I got excited about, but failed to read right away. This book is a GEM. A widow finds a charm bracelet of his wife’s and goes on an adventure around the world finding out about his wife’s life before they met. The writing was engaging and the story really grabbed me. What a beautiful way to write about emotions and read about a life well lived. #newfavorite
Thanks for reading! My next short stack will include: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander; Authority by Jeff Vandermeer; The Emotional Life of the Toddler by Alicia F. Lieberman; and Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer.