Books #27-31

I'm resorting to quick reviews and hope you will click on the links in the sidebar if the books interest you.

#27 — Gary Chapman, "The 5 Love Languages" — I'm sure this is a great book if you're looking for hetero-normative marriage advice that has a subtle emphasis on the woman loving the man a little bit more, just for good measure. 

#28 — Lisa M. Diamond, "Sexual Fluidity" — Diamond is the author quoted in a lot of popular articles about women's sexual orientation, including this one and this one on the Oprah website. She did a very interesting study, and this book describes it. It is not a light read. (I was probably better off reading the Oprah articles.) She opened my mind to the many ways people relate to each other and discouraged me from trying to label anymore.

#29 — David Simon, "Homicide:  A Year on the Killing Streets" — This is SO embarrassing. I love the show, Homicide: Life on the Street. I LOVE it. But I never read the book until now. And I love the book, too. 

#30 — Kate Braestrup, "Here If You Need Me" — This was a re-read for me. I first read it in 2008. We had a great discussion about it on Saturday at our new book group at church. She is a wonderful writer, and I love the way she weaves scripture and life together. I must admit that her happy marriage, even remembered from widowhood, left me wistful. I like the way she and her daughters made a list of characteristics for a future partner when she was ready to be open to that possibility again. 

#31 — Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, "Free-Range Knitter" — Love!!! Pearl-McPhee's essays about knitting and life continue to please me. I still read every entry of her blog, Yarn Harlot.

It's been a stressful year, and my reading has suffered. I can only hope that the great books I have on the coffee table and on my Kindle will one day be read by me!


5 thoughts on “Books #27-31”

  1. I know. I’m way low too. but, I haven’t reviewed a lot of mine either. I don’t read the yarn harlot blog, but have started to read Knitting Rules.

  2. Now that I’ve found my hips don’t like me to read while I am on the treadmill, my reading has slowed down too, along with my walking with now sore hips… but, I am looking for some good things to add to the Kindle. Hugs ya.

  3. I’ve got to say, I found that Chapman book disgusting. Ugh. It made me angry.
    Your #29 I’ve never heard of, so I guess I should be embarrassed, too! 🙂
    Kate Braestrup has a new book out…about doing weddings, I think. Waiting for it from local library.

  4. It’s been a long time since I read it, but something about that Chapman book grated on me. I think there’s some merit to finding the way of expressing love that your partner most appreciates, and that there may be one type of expression that predominates. Still it gets dragged out as if it were the most revelatory thing ever. It really makes the rounds of church reading groups and, unreasonably, that makes me shudder.

  5. Bad Alice, the part that really disturbed me was the chapter about loving someone who is difficult, because it put the pressure on the wife to love the extremely challenging husband. Maybe if it had been the other way I wouldn’t mind it so much. But the guy in the story sounded borderline abusive to me, and there are too many women who are compelled by religious authorities to try and love an abusive man, as if their goodness and commitment will change him and make everything right.

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