Sunday, April 7, 2013

Get Your Book On

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Get Your Book On
by Sarah Nixon

In my last blog, I suggested a book written from the perspective of a dog. In unintentionally keeping with the theme of unusual narrators, this time I would like to suggest Room by Emma Donoghue. The guiding voice in Room is Jack, a 5 year old boy who is being unknowingly held captive in a small room. Jack was born and raised in this room and knows nothing of the outside world and what he is missing but his mother longs for freedom for her and her son and risks everything to get it.
Jack’s sweet, innocent voice is refreshing and heart breaking and his mother’s strength and determination to do the best she can with what she has is what mothers around the world try to do every day. I loved this book and I’m pretty sure you will agree but as always, I would love your feedback and reviews.
Back in my Community College days, I can remember reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five in a Lit class. I liked his writing style but didn’t delve any deeper as I was much too busy chasing guys and keggers to do any recreational reading. Well, recently I came across his (very) short story 2 B R 0 2 B (pronounced to be or not to be) and downloaded it to my Kindle for free from Amazon.com. It takes about 15 minutes to read from start to finish but I promise it will be a darn good 15 minutes. If you haven’t read any Vonnegut and aren’t sure if you will like him, I would suggest checking it out as it gives a nice taste of what to expect from the rest of his work.
I decided to check out another one of his most popular books, Cat’s Cradle, and thought I would pass it on to you as well. I haven’t read a lot of apocalyptic, end of days type novels because I am a nice mixture of big ole chicken and obsessive worrier and I don’t have enough time to design a truly worthwhile doomsday bunker. That being said, Vonnegut’s use of satire kept me from lying awake at night worrying about how much fresh water I would really need on hand when the s@*t hits the fan.
 
Sarah Nixon is a full time Social Worker and Mother and part time Blogger (thanks to her friend). She lives in Illinois with her Son, a neurotic cat, and her Boston Terrier, Phoebe.

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