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The Adult Readers' Blog
Yo Ho Ho and a new book by Roz Chast!
September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day. The National Book Awards Longlists were just announced and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is on the list. I just love Scrabble so I'm rolling three posts into one.
Roz Chast is “the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People's Literature catergory).”
101 Two-Letter Words by singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, with illustrations by Roz Chast, will be released at the end of September. It's a book of poems about the two-letter words allowed in Scrabble. Scrabble is a big deal at my house. The news that four new two-letter words (DA, GI, PO, TE) were added to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary edition released in August was greeted with a hearty, ” AY, AY? NO, AR, AR!”
- Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis is the classic book on the crazy world of competetive Scrabble playing. It inspired the documentary Word Wars.
- Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay contains her essay “To Scratch, Claw or Grope Clumsily or Frantically” about her foray into the world of word freaks.
- As You Wish by Cary Elwes is the story of making the film The Princess Bride. The Dread Pirate Roberts is guy pretending to be a pirate for a while.
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"The Shoemaker's Wife" by Adrianna Trigianni
A novel about Italian immigrants and their lives in northern Italy as well as in America in the early 1900s. Enza and Ciro meet on a moonlit night in the cemetery of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Schilpario, Italy when they are just teenagers. They go their separate ways to new lives in America but they never quite leave behind their beautiful homeland. The descriptions are magically vivid and although it is a love story of sorts, it's also a powerful testimony on the strength of the human spirit and the importance of family.
"The Last Chinese Chef" by Nicole Mones
Charming book about a food writer who travels to China seeking the truth of a paternity claim against her deceased husband. In addition she receives an assignment to interview the owner of a new restaurant opening in Beijing. She soon discovers the restaurant owner is one of ten finalists for the Chinese Cultural Olympics too. These two story lines, the paternity claim and the preparation for the culinary contest, are woven throughout the book. This will be appealing to lovers of Chinese food, romance, and anyone who enjoys historically accurate cooking.
"Gold" by Chris Cleave
The themes of Gold are love, sacrifice and choices - on an Olympic scale. The author takes on track cycling, one of the toughest of the cycling venues. He wrote this a year before the London Olympics, so it has a very current vibe. The two main characters are Zoe and Kate, competitive cyclists preparing for the Olympics. The underlying story, involves Sophie who has leukemia, the daughter of Kate. Gold is a terrific read for sports enthusiasts who enjoy competitive events.