What I’m Reading/What I Read

Finally!! A book I’m really excited to recommend!!

I’ve enjoyed most of the books I read this summer, but I haven’t been really loving them. Well, I read The Help and I loved it. I will give it 4.5 out of 5. There are three different narrators and they’re all interesting for different reasons. Sometimes when I read a book with multiple narrators, I get bored by some and then when I get to that character’s chapter I’m like blah. Not this one. It deals with race, culture, gender, and plain old humanity. There are characters you’ll love and want to have over for dinner and ones you’ll want to tie down and run over with your car. Not that I think about things like that.

Next up, Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry. Niffenegger’s (unfortunate last name, no?) first novel was The Time Traveler’s Wife so this one has been highly anticipated. Most of the reviews I read are pretty good so I’m looking forward to getting started.

image: Barnes and Noble

I was just poking around her website and reading the frequently asked questions when I saw that she is opposed to e-books. Since I just downloaded this to my nook, I’m feeling a little guilty…

From the publisher:

Six years after the phenomenal success of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger has returned with a spectacularly compelling and haunting second novel set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London.

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers — with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder; Marjike, Martin’s devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive former lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including — perhaps — their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.

Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry: about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life — even after death.

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2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading/What I Read

  1. My mom loved The Help too.

    Why is Niffenegger against e-books? I think they make a lot of sense in many ways. I’m not saying get rid of paper all together, but save some trees, man!

    1. Apparently she also makes books (printing and binding and such) so I guess she feels like the art is being lost. Which is true. BUT if e-readers encourage more people to read, I think they’re valuable. Lord knows I love mine!

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