Thursday, June 24, 2010

Shelf Share Thursday

Welcome to Shelf Share Thursday. This is the place to give the books that have been on your shelf awhile a little love. Every week I will post a letter and three books that correspond to it. Hopefully there will be a gem or two in there you've long forgotten about. There is only one way to find out. Share your shelf. Mr. Linky will assist you at the bottom of the post :)

This week's letter is O.

is for.....

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

From Amazon:

"One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction. "

I think I got this one at a FOL sale. This one sounds really good but I think the reason I haven't picked it up yet is I attempted Love in the Time of Cholera a couple of years back and couldn't get into it. Maybe I should have tried this one first....

O is also for.....

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

From Amazon:

"At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires."

This won the Pulitzer in 2009 which explains why it is on my to read list (I'm going to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners eventually). I'll probably pick this up when I'm in the mood for a short read. Her book Amy and Isabelle looks interesting too. Both are not what I would normally pick up but they sound good.

And finally O is for...

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus

From Amazon:

"Allan Gurganus's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All became an instant classic upon its publication. Critics and readers alike fell in love with the voice of ninety-nine-year-old Lucy Marsden, one of the most entertaining and loquacious heoines in American literature.Lucy married at the turn of the last century, when she was fifteen and her husband was fifty. If Colonel William Marsden was a veteran of the "War for Southern Independence", Lucy became a "veteran of the veteran" with a unique perspective on Southern history and Southern manhood. Her story encompasses everything from the tragic death of a Confederate boy soldier to the feisty narrator's daily battles in the Home--complete with visits from a mohawk-coiffed candy-striper. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is proof that brilliant, emotional storytelling remains at the heart of great fiction."

I think this was a mini-series that was on several years ago. I remember I kept seeing previews for it which caught my interest. I always like to read a book before I watch a movie so it might be awhile before I get to see it. Too bad because Diane Lane (Lori Darlin' from Lonesome Dove!) is in it. :)

And that is all for this week. WHAT'S ON YOUR SHELF?

1 comment:

  1. I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude. Then again, I loved Love in the Time of Cholera as well. I am not sure you will fine OHYoS any easier to read.