Monday, December 05, 2005

Free to a good home

I did some cleaning out of the limited book shelf space in the house and am offering the following books, free to a good home:
The pile on the left is fiction and contains:
The Far Euphrates by Aryeh Lev Stollman
by Carol Shields
The Virgin Blue
by Tracy Chevalier
Around Again by Suzanne Strempek Shea
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kid
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey

The pile on the right is non-fiction and contains:
The Mother's Almanac
Your Baby and Child

What to Expect the Toddler Years

and one book that didn't make it into the picture:
Food For Little Fingers by Victoria Jenest

Of the above, the only two I can really recommend are Unless and Eva Moves the Furniture (though I did read the latter when highly hormonal, and thus possibly more whacked out than usual, after Fiona's birth). I didn't read The Far Euphrates or Around Again though, so they may be perfectly decent books that I just didn't warm up to in the first few pages. Food for Little Fingers might be ok for people with toddlers though the recipes didn't work with my kids. Right now I'm fed up with parenting books though I'd say Your Baby and Child could be fine for a new parent who wants a basic reference.

If you are a writer, I think that reading the two Chevalier books and The Secret Life of Bees can be an interesting exercise. I think all three are seriously flawed novels which made it into print, and Bees has been incredibly popular with book groups (for all the wrong reasons, in my humble opinion). As a writer who someday would like to publish some of my fiction work, I learned a lot about what I don't want a book of mine to do by reading these three books.

If you are local and want any of these I can leave them on your doorstep or you can pick them up from mine. If you are far away and want to pay the postage, I'll be heading to the post office to mail x-mas gifts in the next week or so and could shlep it off to you.


LinknKnits said...

If you haven't found a home for Unless, Around Again, or Eva Moves the Furniture I would gladly take them off your hands! I live in Ann Arbor so I am sure we could work out an exchange. You can email me at jennifer.mccready [at] gmail [dot]com.

Denise said...

Any time you make it to Knit In (ahem), I've been meaning to read The Secret Life of Bees.

And did you know Sara Donati has a blog?

Denise said...

...sorry, that got strangely cut off...

Quo said...

I sorta liked Secret Life of Bees in a strange way. It was a good read as you please, book, (when I am lazy and not interested in learning much of anything).

Enjoying your blog.