Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summing Up

I sent some hand-me-down books to Dean and Jenny last week. I felt funny just popping them in the mail without some sort of reason why I was handing over such an eclectic grouping, but there was really no reason for that, other than my own desperate and futile attempts at reading everything NPR tells me to read.

So instead I ripped off another idea I heard somewhere on NPR. The guest was Larry Smith who had compiled a book entitled Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure.

I was intrigued by the idea and spent some quality dog-walking time contemplating my own six-word memoir:

Not sure I got that right.


or

Not looking forward to the epilogue.


or

Always thought I was someone else.


I co-opted the idea to create six-word book reports for the package, in an attempt to make sense of the selection:


Gilead by Marilyn Robinson:


Seniors having children;
Not so wise



A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body by Lauren Weedman (in the same package? I know!)


Lauren has issues for your enjoyment.




Smile When You're Lying by Chuck Thompson


Travel magazines are phony. Who knew?




The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (my favorite in this group):


Autistic kid;
Dumb parents;
Dead dog




What is the What by Dave Eggers


Starving children in Darfur;
Peckish now?



What are you reading? Sum it up!

2 comments:

DT said...

"reasons to live" by Amy Hempel:

I suppose things could be worse.

cpt a said...

Some stupid college marketing text(I forget the title).

How buisinesses manipulate an unsuspecting public.