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Books #10 and #11

These have to be the two most unrelated books ever, but since I had no book-blogging time, I’ll catch up today.

Book #10 was by Judi Hollis (also author of "Fat is a Family Affair"), called Hot and Heavy: Finding Your Soul Through Food and Sex. Um, yeah. The book has been on my self since the late 90’s, when it was first published, and I know now why I didn’t finish reading it then; it’s poorly written. Even a self-help book can be interesting to read, can’t it?

Her premises are essentially these:

  • People who are heavy enjoy sensual pleasures.
  • Eating mindfully (the technique she describes is called "Divine Dine") will change your relationship with food.
  • If you really wake up, your capacity for enjoyment will be immeasurably high, so high you won’t be able to settle for less than extraordinary sex.
  • And why should you?

Well, there might be any number of reasons, as I’m sure you can imagine. Maybe the world would be a better place if all women sat and ate slowly (that’s the same advice being given on the new TLC show "I Can Make You Thin," by the way), as well as having loving partners who provided them with mind-blowing attentions. I have a feeling we’ll never know. My concerns about the book where sex is concerned are two (the mindful eating portion makes good sense). First, it is an exclusively hetero book, which she admits right up front. That just seems so 70’s!! Second, it’s hard for me to understand how a book about intimate relationships published in the late 90’s could be so unconcerned about sexually transmitted diseases and the general peril of sex for the sake of sex. If that makes me a prude, well, we’re using the wrong measure, I think. When you’ve set yourself up in an advice-giving capacity to the masses, and sex is one major portion of the program, it’s unconscionable to be reverting to the pre-AIDS world view.

Enough said?

Book #11 was Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, a collection of essays by writers from many eras. I must admit to nominating this one for RevGalBlogPals’ monthly book discussion, and I am the host of today’s discussion over there. It’s a mixed bag. The beginning section is filled with what I think of as bad Atonement theology, but because I had the hosting duties ahead of me, I pressed on toward the goal of finishing the book instead of flinging it aside. There were some essays I found thought-provoking or moving, and I’ve written about them over at RevGals.

Meanwhile, Book #12, The Forsyte Saga…

Well, it weighs a lot, so I don’t think I’ll be taking it on the cruise later this week. I wish I had the individual novels in a more convenient size, but that was not to be. I’ll write about it in toto when I’ve finished.

If you have any suggestions for a good cruise novel, let me know in the comments! I’ll have time to run over to Borders tomorrow.

11 thoughts on “Books #10 and #11”

  1. If you haven’t read “People of the Book” it’s wonderful!
    If you like John Grisham, “The Appeal” is one of his better books–and very relevant to current times.
    If you like Sue Miller, “The Senator’s Wife” was good–also sort of relevant about men with power and the women who love them.
    Those were my three Lenten novels.

  2. I would recommend “Take This Bread”, by Sara Miles – enough meat to be thought-provoking, but interesting and entertaining enough to be a good time-off read… but you might want something completely different for your cruise!

  3. books? read? sigh. haven’t done that in awhile…
    hope you have a fabulous time at the Big E. Wish I were going, maybe next time. In the meantime I hope to rest after a very busy few weeks.

  4. I think, if I recall correctly (I read the books in the 70s when the first BBC series came out) that The Forsyte Saga will count as way more than one book. OK, I looked it up. The Saga consists of 3 novels and two “interludes”. But, there’s also A Modern Comedy, part two of the Forsyte Chronicles, which has more books such as The White Monkey. Believe me, you could spend the rest of the year just reading these, and they are somewhat addictive in my recollection. Anyway I’d say you at least get to count TFS as three books, no matter how they are bound. Maybe even four.

  5. Elinor Lipman: Isabel’s Bed or The Inn at Lake Devine. Or a Jennifer Crusie if your fluff requirements are highish.
    Have a lovely cruise!

  6. obviously I’m too late for this, but just wanted to put in a plug for “People of the Book,” nominated above. I picked it up in the airport on the way home and really like it.

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