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March Recap

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Books Read / Reviewed in March

I’ve been really good about reading books off my bookshelf. So far, I’ve only strayed a little bit to read The Girl in the Green Raincoat, but I think I’ve earned it. I did buy some new books adding to my book pile already reaching epic proportions in my tiny apartment. I also brought home a sizable stack of books I had left at my mom’s house. Luckily, those books are read, so now I just need to find a place to store them. =/

1. A soft place to land

2. French kissing

3. Old school : a novel

4. Not buying it : my year without shopping
5. A reliable wife : a novel

1. A Soft Place to Land – Susan Rebecca White

2. French Kissing – Catherine Sanderson

3. Old School – Tobias Wolff

4. Not Buying It – Judith Levine

5. A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick

Knitting has been slow for me this month. I spent a lot of time working on a puppy sweater for my friend’s little girl, Penny. This was my first ever dog sweater and it really gave me some trouble. I haven’t bought any new yarn since the Knitting Convention in Feb, but I haven’t really used any of my current yarn either.

My other crafting sessions have been making buttons. Thanks to the wonderful Chronicle Books, I won the Button Factory from a giveaway on their blog last week.

<——– The Button Factory

Comes with buttons, fabric, and the handle button presser.

The buttons! This is a great way to use up scrap fabrics (or fat quarter pieces). I plan on adding these buttons to my knitting projects. My favorite button is the baseball one. I think it deserves its own close-up. =)

How perfect is that?

You can find The Button Factory available on The Chronicle Books site, at Urban Outfitters, and at Barnes & Noble,

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Old School – Review

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Old School by Tobias Wolff

Age: YA – Adult

This novel is set during the 1960’s in an all boys prep school somewhere in the East Coast. Every quarter an author of high regard and esteem, ie Ayn Rand, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, makes an appearance at the school and has a Q.A. with one of the faculty members. At the end of the Q.A., the author meets with one of the pre-selected students from the school. The selection process is based on the writing talents of the boys in the school. Education and literacy in particular, are taken extremely seriously at the school as all the boys vie for the attention of their peers and the influential visiting author.

This book started with a lot of promise and a lot of charm. I found the narrator to be complex, confused and a devote fan of literary work, writing and reading. As the story progressed, my interest level waned. There were many avenues where Wolff could have really created a tense atmosphere, or given more depth to the characters. A lot of the book felt very 2-D to me, and the only real meat of character development came in the last chapter, which felt forced and out of place with the rest of the novel. All in all, it wasn’t a terrible read, but it wasn’t one of my favorites either.

Book 11 of 2011

Old School
Tobias Wolff
Vintage Books, 2003
 
ISBN 0375701494
195 pages

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Old school : a novel

Teaser Tuesday 3/01/2011

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Old School by Tobias Wolff

My two teasers

And hearing her voice, I saw her face; to be exact, the face she’d turned on me when I sneezed. Her disgust had power.