Summer Reading

Below are some recommendations for good summer reading. These are some of my favs:
The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving *One of my all time favorites
Cider House Rule by John Irving *One of my all time favorites
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
The Mummy by Ann Rice
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
Even Cowgirls get the Blues by Tom Robbins
Happy reading!

The Dive from Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer

I was browsing in Barnes and Noble last weekend, waiting for Bryan to find one Java book or another, and a woman about my age asked for a book recommendation. I was only too happy to oblige, and the book she recommended in return was this one.
The plot is about a young woman who experiences a tragedy and has to make a difficult decision. My opinion is that the underlying theme is about a woman trying to find out who she is, and needing to seperate herself from her childhood identity to do that. Have you gone to your high school reunion? If you have, you the know what I am talking about. You step into the room filled with people that knew you when you were 16, and you think, I am not that person anymore. I can’t say that I liked the main character. In fact, I wish she had been stronger. I wish she had set out on her own, not tied to a man or relationship. Her choice in relationship is so obviously bad from my perspective. However, the book had me from the first chapter, and I did complete it in a week.
I would recommend this one, and I would be interested to hear your thoughts if have read it as well.
What I am reading now – When God was a Woman

The Queen Bees and the Wannabes, Rosalind Wiseman

I have to admit, I only read half of this one. I recommend it to those of you who either have or will have teenage daughters, or those who work closely with teens (teachers etc). I read it out of curiousity, after watching the movie Mean Girls. In Jr high, if you are a women, I bet you either new a mean girl, or were one yourself. I know plenty of them, and was curious about the psychology behind the behavior. I quit reading when I started getting nightmares about being picked last in dodge ball;-)
My overall recommendation – most of you will want to pass one this one. Watch the movie instead!