This week’s topic: Top Ten Unique Book Titles.
1. A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka. This book is a fun account of an older man falling for a much younger immigrant woman who is searching for wealth in Britain. It is hilarious in places and funny throughout.
2. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl For some reason I did not review it either here or on Goodreads, but gave it 4 stars in my reading log.
3. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda. Here’s my review from my old blog:
In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda I didn’t know what to think of this, but ended up marveling at this boy’s survival instinct. Makes me cringe when I think of the silly stuff we American parents “worry” about happening to our kids–like bad grades, not being picked for the team or having to eat nutrition-free school lunches. This young man, even though this is a fictionalized account of his life, is a ROLE MODEL. And his mother DID know what she was doing–she gave him LIFE for ever, not for the short selfish term.
4. All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. Here’s my review from my old blog:
If you grew up in the late 60s and early 70s likely you remember Fannie Flagg trading wise cracks with Gene Rayburn, Brett Summers and Charles Nelson Riley on the The Match Game. Well, today, she’s the author of a great slew of novels. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion tells the story of the SPARS–women who ferried planes to US Army Air Corps bases during World War II. It’s also the story of identity and what it means to be “me” and “us.” This little gem is interesting, fun and well worth your time in every way. And, please, somebody play me the “Aw Jeese, You Bet Polka.” The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.
5. Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stranger-Ross. Here’s my review from my old blog:
I’ve long been fascinated by all types of fundamentalism, regardless of the political or religious creed the espouse. Sima’s Undergarments for Women is set in a mostly Orthodox and Hassidic Jewish neighborhood in New York. As the title indicates, Sima sells lingerie–the real stuff that real women wear daily. She fits bras perfectly–altering them when necessary. [Yes, I learned a lot!] The story intermingles her struggle to have children with that of the young woman she takes under her wing as a sort of surrogate daughter. Her stale marriage, a friend’s glorious marriage, all get worked into the story. Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross.
9. Ginger, You’re Barmy by David Lodge. Read this one years ago in the Peace Corps.