Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Open Book: September 2016

   As I wrote a couple months ago after reading a memoir about the making of the movie The Princess Bride I'm interested in reading the book. While searching for the book (which I now own and hope to read soon) I found another book which inspired a favorite movie. Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis inspired the 1958 movie starring Rosalind Russell.  This book recounts a nephew's memories of being raised by an outgoing and somewhat outrageous aunt after his father's death. Starting in the gin soaked twenties and going forward for about 30 years this book is fun ride; Dennis has a great ear for dialogue and while the book is very light hearted it is not too saccharine and I may have been biased by liking the movie first but truly believe it is a good read even if you haven't seen the movie.

Currently reading Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston or actually rereading as I read it once back in college and while I remembered liking the book it has been long enough that I didn't remember why I liked it.  I liked it and am enjoying the re-read because Hurston is wonderful storyteller, with a wonderful ear for dialects as she brings to life the southern voice in Georgia and Florida in the early twentieth century.  The book largely tells the story of Janie as she navigates adulthood and three marriages starting at seventeen when the grandmother who raised her guilts her into marrying so her grandmother could die knowing she (Janie) would be cared for.  A little over half way through and am so glad I picked it up again.

Please head over to Carolyn's for more Open Book.


  1. Thanks for linking up! There are some books that, like you, I remember reading and liking in high school or college, but can't quite recall why or what the story was about. I'd love to go back and re-read some of those, too.

  2. My son was in "Mame!" a few years back (as Patrick's son), and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I should look for that book. I also read "Their Eyes Were Watching God" during college and I'm pretty sure I still have it. Might be worth a reread!