Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks, Vintage Canada 2008, This tales of music and the brain is riveting reading about one of our favorite subjects – music and its impact on emotion, memory, healing. He effortlessly weaves through complexities of neuro science in relationship to music. The book is filled with revelations and discovery vis a vis the power of music on all things human.
The Florist's Daughter, Patrica Hampl, Harcourt 2007 A memoir that is bittersweet with thwarted bonds between parents and adult children - touched with elegance in a sea of heartbreak. Losing someone is difficult but goodbyes - especially those protracted ones that involve difficult people - offer a unique passage. This is an unflinging view of those sorts of goodbyes - still funny, still sad, and mostly, incredibly good writing and fine reading.
Eat, Pray, Love – Emily Gilbert, a non fiction tale that reads like fiction, soon to be a movie with Julia Roberts, this is a book, for anyone who traveled far and wide only to find themselves, safe and sound in their own soul. Funny and real and simply, a great read you won’t put down.
Making A Literary Life (Carolyn See, Random House)
For writers, non-writers, and dreamers. Inspiring and wonderfully accessible.
An Unfinished Marriage (Joan Anderson, Broadway Books)
The sequel to An Unfinished Woman. This is a sometimes painful portrait of a marriage in transition. It examines the difficulty in seeking to be an individual in a marriage. It will make you wonder what it is indeed all about.
I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron, Knopf 2006 Ok, it took 45 minutes to read but that is because I am a fast reader and Nora Ephron writes so well you tend to gobble the words down fast. This is funny and takes off where Heartburn, and Crazy Salad left off – but with maturity, cleaner writing yet, and funnier topics. Ephron has matured, as have we, those who love her work, and the wit here is more succinct and tempered with a kind view, despite the wit, of growing older. The prolific screenplayer writer (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle) doesn’t paint a rosy picture about aging but you will chuckle in recognition and wry acceptance, it doesn’t matter. I always new Nora Ephon liked cooking but this book tells even more about her affection and fascination with food. Great girlfriend book, great holiday gift – better than the title suggests