Posts filed under “books”

Ghosts Of My Friends

There was lots of interesting old stuff in Amy’s grandma’s basement: newspapers from 1963, a haunted chest belonging to Waylande Gregory, cassette tapes from the Apostolate for Healing and Evangelism, a phonograph with one of those trumpetlike speakers, an Apple IIe, dozens of neon beer signs — but the most striking historical artifact was “The […]

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off: The Novel

I picked this up at the church rummage sale last weekend before it got thrown in the dumpster with other unsold items at the end of the day. Yes, that is the official novelization of Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. It was just too campy a find to let go. At some point I might even […]

RLP’s Book

Once upon a time, Real Live Preacher wrote a book. It didn’t sell too well through regular publishing channels, so he started selling the remainder himself. With each order, he would personalize the delivery with a free gift and a pithy dedication commenting on the buyer’s shipping address. It was then that he discovered a […]

Recent “Reading” – Harry Potter

Earlier this year, with Deathly Hallows on the horizon and me not having read any Harry Potter books yet, I resolved to finish them all and see what I was missing in the world of contemporary British children’s fantasy literature. I didn’t have the time to crack open a bunch of hardcovers, however, so I […]

Recent Reading: In Our Image, America’s Empire in the Philippines

Stanley Karnow is better known for his work on “Vietnam,” but his book on the Philippines “In Our Image” of course touches closer to home for me. Just the first chapter provides an excellent and comprehensive nutshell summary of the Philippines under Spanish rule, from Magellan to the Spanish-American war, a skillful encapsulation of over […]

Skipping Austen for Karnow

The next book on the reading list was supposed to be Jane Austen’s Emma. I had already downloaded it from Gutenberg and converted it to Palm DOC PDB format and HotSynced it to read in eReader, but then my eyes alit on the first line… Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home […]

Recent Reading: Wind, Sand and Stars

Most people know Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for his classic The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), but Amy introduced me to another of his famous works, Wind, Sand and Stars (originally Terre des Hommes in French), via an aged, yellowing volume which she had picked up from her church library. The book is a collected series […]

Recent Reading: Memoirs of a Geisha

I first got interested in the book after seeing the movie. As with so many other cinematizations, the book was better. (Plus I didn’t get annoyed at the sound of Chinese actors trying to speak Japanese-accented English.) It’s an easy read, with the geisha Sayuri’s first person account told in simple, plain language, heavily peppered […]

Recent Reading: Pride and Prejudice

My second try at Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice, her second novel, and definitely a better read than the first, Sense and Sensibility. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy together present a contrasting double-edged critique of 19th Century English courtship culture, Elizabeth acting as Austen’s proxy moving through the spheres of the middle to upper class, while […]