06 10 / 2011

 

I don’t know where my head was in August, but I definitely read two books and completely forgot to review them here. So, I’m going to do a quick drive by review since its been a while and a few books later.

First off, I finished White Teeth by Zadie Smith. I LOVED IT! Since I loved Zadie’s writing in On Beauty, I kind of had a feeling I’d enjoy this book as well.

Epic and intimate, hilarious and poignant, White Teeth is the story of two North London families—one headed by Archie, the other by Archie’s best friend, a Muslim Bengali named Samad Iqbal. Pals since they served together in World War II, Archie and Samad are a decidedly unlikely pair. Plodding Archie is typical in every way until he marries Clara, a beautiful, toothless Jamaican woman half his age, and the couple have a daughter named Irie (the Jamaican word for “no problem”). Samad —devoutly Muslim, hopelessly “foreign”— weds the feisty and always suspicious Alsana in a prearranged union. They have twin sons named Millat and Magid, one a pot-smoking punk-cum-militant Muslim and the other an insufferable science nerd. The riotous and tortured histories of the Joneses and the Iqbals are fundamentally intertwined, capturing an empire’s worth of cultural identity, history, and hope.

I’d have to say that this was one of my favorite reads of the year! Fantastically intense, tremendously expansive…love this novel. Zadie is a pro at creating a multi-layered, humorous but oft times serious story, full of ordinary, quirky characters of different cultures and backgrounds. How many people can do that? And do it so well, without spewing stereotypes and misconceptions? Zadie Smith is beyond talented. I’m going to have to put her near the top of my list of fav authors.  This definitely get an A+ from me.

Second on the list is Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov. This was my book club’s coed selection for August. I’m not one for relationship books, but this one made me laugh and the tips were somewhat useful. I loved how Sherry stressed that women should be nonchalant (men aren’t expecting this which makes you mysterious and mysterious boost attraction), and can get what they want out of a relationship without demanding it verbally. Many women may find this book helpful if they are looking for ways to be a bitch, without actually BEING a bitch lol. I’d give it a B.

02 8 / 2011

 This month, my bookclub is having a coed BBQ where we are encouraged to invite the men in our lives (significant others and friends) to join us in our Drinks & Discussion.

I thought reading Jay-Z’s memoir, Decoded, would reel the men in, but Why Men Love Bitches won the majority of the vote in the book club, and the men seem to be very interested in discussing such a topic. I guess you can never lose with discussing relationships.

I just got my copy from the library (and I’m pretty sure the librarians were judging me lol). Planning on starting it as soon as I finish Interview With a Vampire …hopefully tomorrow.