How a book could be uncensored – lessons though a death notice

How a book could be uncensored – lessons though a death notice

Censored and Banned Books have different air about them, – not really the bad boys or bad girls over the libraries but a bit I suppose. I hadn’t considered much before how books become unbanned or uncensored but also just never really looked into it. Then I found this death notice in the NYTimes of Richard H. Hoggart, who’s testifying let Lady Chatterley’s Lover  be published in it’s original form.


Prayer book sells for 14.2 m

Loot an Unluckily and Accidental Guide book to World’s leading museums.

Loot an Unluckily and Accidental Guide book to World’s leading museums.

I was looking for something else I think when i came across Sharon Waxman’s book Loot: The Battle of the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World


at the DCPL last month. It took me a while to read but was one of the most interesting and well researched book’s I’ve read in a long time. The amount of research she put in to so many details was outstanding, and at moments overwhelming. One thing I wish the book had was more photos of pieces she writes about, I googled a lot but wish i didn’t have to put down the book and stop the reading but often I just need to see it. I realize some (or most) because of the right and photos being owned by organizations that she puts a pretty good lenses on. I had seen the book on my amazon recommendations before I got it at the library. I just got a used copy in the mail I brought for the Denver goodwill for $5 or so,  while I might not re-read it right away it will be a rather interesting reference for the future trips I’ll take to the British Museum, back to the Louvre, the Getty, the met, and some other here and there. I wish and update for the section in Egypt what is the status of things post revolution, maybe someday there will be and I’ll read it.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Book Club meet up

I finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist last night just in time to met up with the book club after work today. I forgot how much i enjoy book clubs, the discussion, the different things remembered or forgotten, the opinions, and we always seem to go to places with good food. Tonight it was the Nation’s Capital Alum Club group for a book I don’t think I would have found on my own. Even though it’s a New York Times Best Seller and was on the short list for The Booker Prize. It came out a few years before I cared about books or the NYTs. 

The book it’s self i enjoyed, it was different and I so enjoy that surprise me and brake the model. How it was written was unlike anything I had read before, and it was written in such an unique way. 

Possible Spoilers from here on: 

We had a great conversion about how it was a coming of age story, in a way that American stories don’t tell it. The things that are left for you to wonder about. You assume what happen to Erica but you are not sure, you can guess what happens on the last page, but there is so much more going on in this book. I appreciate  a story that in 184 pages that got me thinking so much. We talked about how we viewed our storyteller, how his name is downplayed (almost like Holden Caulfield i though), and the nature of how the Chargez is so young and we can forget that so easily.

Two liked the book one didn’t but the convo was really good, I really liked the book. I realize how young I really was in the 9/11 time and how little I knew of the world then. I can see now how American I was and how I had no idea what the global impact of build up to war had on nations other that ones fighting. 

Highly recommend this book, and a convo after you read it. Image

Diary of Bridget Jones a review

While I’ve loved the movie of Bridget Jones for YEARS. I finally read the book. I brought it a year ago, then it sat on my shelf until I went to Bridget Jones: Mad about a Boy event at Sixth and I. Realizing I’d read read them books I decided to start them. I had started the first one a few times, but struggled since I know the movie it was tough to get started. I knew there would be difference but often when trying to read a book I’ve already seen the movie I notice the differences or can’t engage because I know (or think i know in the case of the Scarlet Letter) what will happen.

Review of Bridget Jones Diary:

While at the Helen Fielding event during the Q&A someone asked about the movie being about Bridget’s love life where the books is more about her relationship with her friends. I found that an interesting point that I could hold on to and see as a positive difference during the time I read the book. Her friends are very supportive, funny, and are the ones that love her “just the way she is.” Bridget’s constant feeling about needs to do and be better, is something that I think everyone (especially women) can relate to. Something I found interesting was the mirror she puts to women’s weight, Bridget is obsessed with loosing a rather small amount of weight, and yet will over eat and stave herself is cycle that is very true for most. The humor, wit, and honest that Fielding rights about is spot on to what it like to be a woman. The over thinking, the worrying, the love, the fear, and even though the book was written and first published in the mid 1990′s and Bridget and I are different generations there is a true and reality that I connect with.

I feel like a cheat for being a book love and a Bridget love that hadn’t read the books, but now I’m hooked and will be starting the second one soon.

Around the same time I read this I had starting writing daily and where my writings every morning are not a novel, or put together as Bridget’s reading this diary helped inspire to process my life and thoughts in written.


Nazi Art Crime books

Nazi Art Crime books

I have this interest in Nazis’ relationship with art. It spans from seeing Rape of Europa but that’s based on some books like monuments men and rape of europa also saving Italy and the the venus fixers came out after i believe. But then there are novels, white collar talked about it, and I keep coming across it. It’s rather interesting intersection of crime, art, history, war, and storytelling. I found this list tonight of novels about Nazi art crime. 

The Madonnas of Leningrad have been sitting on my bookcase for a LONG time maybe its finally time to read it. 

Best Fall 2013 Book Club Books

Best Fall 2013 Book Club Books

A few that were on my list to read just need a book club now…


then we read! 

When to call it quits?

Forgot I had a blog…apparently so did I, Life hasn’t aligned with posting as of late, but a topic came across my mind tonight…

When to call it quits when reading a book?

I was looking over my bookcase for what book I’m going to read after I finish the one I’m currently working on (which doesn’t have much left and is an easy read). I’m caught by how many books I own I have no interest in reading right now, I assume I did when I brought them, and hope to return to. But the rate for me reading after the fact is pretty low if I don’t start them within days of buying. Also the problem of putting them down and never going back to them. There are a fair number of books with pages folded down, book marks in them, other markers that they’ve been started put down for a reason or another but never picked up and finished. 

I started walking the bible on my kindle almost two years ago, when i was in Israel, haven’t finished it, now I don’t know if I will. I the moment it sounds great I buy the book, i read the chapter or for that day then around page 40-60 I put it down and can’t get myself to commit to finishing it. But now I don’t know when to call it quits and give that book away or keep it for the hope that interest will renew and I”ll return to it. I also keep saying I need to read the books I have before I buy more, but what about when they aren’t interesting you. Focusing myself to read something I’m not interested it just takes the fun out reading….

Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby

Book of the Year? NYT looks at the Covers of Great Gatsby and how they are selling before the movie is released. 

Just broke out my old mass market copy to reread this weekend. 

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