Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moss Bluff Book Chat: April 19, 2011

Below are a couple books readers discussed on April 19th.

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman is a collection of essays by screenwriter Nora Ephron, famous for Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. In the humorous essays, Ephron explores various facets about her life as an “older woman.” Fans of Ephron’s movies will enjoy these examples of her wit in written form.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants is another pick by a funny lady from the entertainment world. Tina Fey’s Bossypants is a memoir with a slight focus on what Fey is asked about the most: her success in comedy. Fey’s book is consistently funny and never ventures into tragic vignettes found in most memoirs.

Find it at your library!

Coastliners by Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, writes about a tiny French island in Coastliners. Madeleine comes home after ten years, to a rather unwelcoming father, and discovers that the rivalry between her hometown and its neighbor has heated up. The French names in Coastliners can make it hard to follow at times, but ultimately the story is very good and worth it.

Find it at your library!

Reminder: Our “Book of the Month” is Shanghai Girls by Lisa see, to be discussed on May 3rd. For more information, please contact the Moss Bluff branch.

(Images from: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/46735/i-feel-bad-about-my-neck-by-nora-ephron; http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316056861.htm; http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Coastliners-Joanne-Harris?isbn=9780060958015&HCHP=TB_Coastliners)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Moss Bluff Book Chat: April 5, 2011

Our March "Book of the Month" was If the Devil Had a Wife.


Though credited to Frank Mills, If the Devil Had a Wife is the work of Rebecca Stark Nugent. (Frank Mills was her father’s name before he was adopted.) The book covers the little-known scandals of local bigwigs the Stark family. The book centers on questionable activities by Lutcher Stark and his third wife Nelda.


The book’s strength is its elicitation of interesting discussions. The topics our group discussed range from basic ethics to the legal system and always back to family. A shared, and often-repeated, sentiment of the group was how unfathomable some of the actions taken by figures in the book were.


If the Devil Had a Wife will whet the appetite of both readers seeking tidbits of juicy local history and those interested in a rundown of the history of the town of Orange and the Stark Foundation.


Have you read If the Devil Had a Wife? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


The "Book of the Month" for April will be Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. We'll discuss it on May 3, 2011. Contact the Moss Bluff Branch for more info.


Image from: http://www.booksurge.com/If-the-Devil-Had-a-Wife/A/1439240345.htm