Thursday, March 01, 2007

February Book Notes

Ok - so here are my excuses:
February was a short month; the first week was spent at a conference; then I turned 30; the second week I quit my job; the third week I started my new job and the fourth week I was looking for a cardboard box to live in. Given all of that I found time to read only two books. Boo on me.

Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss

I got this book for free at the OLA superconference and thank god for that. Frankly, I'm sick and tired of British people criticizing everyone not born on their tiny land mass. Supernanny, You Are What You Eat, Debbie Travis, that lady from the Weakest Link...enough already! The basic premise of this book is that the world has gone to hell in a handbasket and kids today think that please is a four letter word. Truss goes on and on giving examples of rude people that she's encountered and the plays out different scenarios of rude salespeople. Now, it could be that this critique of the brisk and flip is a little too close to home for me - but we've all experienced the fourteen year old twat at the mall who refuses to get off the phone while she rings you in, and we've all lived to tell the tale. For whatever reason I couldn't get into this book. I read exactly 37 pages and then gave it to the BFs mom - she's British.

Social Studies by Fran Lebowitz
This was a re-read choice. I saw it sitting on the shelf when I was cleaning up one day and had a sudden need for the dry, witty tone of old Franny.
My favorite part of the book discusses rules that parents of small children should follow, the last one goes like this:
"Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth. "
This is one of those books that makes me laugh out loud and look like the crazy person on the subway. I can't help it, she makes me do it.

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