Saturday, April 30, 2011

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I read a LOT of books...several hundred a year, often a book a day. And ever so often I happen upon a book that flows & feels like poetry...and this one does. I didn't think Ms. Patchett could top "The Magician's Assistant" or "The Patron Saint of Liars" as my favorites, but she has. I highly recommend this beautifully crafted story (well, I've loved every single one of her books...if you haven't yet discovered her writing, I highly recommend her.) This one comes out June 7, 2011.

One of my favorite quotes:

"Instead of growing up inquisitive and restless, she had developed a profound desire to stay, as if her center of gravity was so low it connected her directly to this particular patch of earth." Page 45

Happy Reading,


Kelly said...

I wish I read faster than I do. I can't imagine getting through that many books in a year!!

I don't think I've read any of her work. I'll keep her in mind.

erin said...

several hundred...that is staggering to me, Marion. half a dozen. that's it for me. and that's pretty good. yikes.

sounds wonderful though.

hey, had no sleeves on today, Marion. there was still ice coming down the river but it was warm. still far from my tomato days though. hope your weekend is a beautiful one.


Wine and Words said...

To say you read a LOT of books is like saying I drink some wine! You devour books like air. You consume them like fire and breathe them back into the universe as ash that feeds the fine flowers you cultivate with your earth. You are voracious. I love that about you! Gonna check out the book as I've read none and the quote was a meal in itself. But Marion, I keep buying books and have no time to read them. Why oh why can't I retire? Will I ever be able to? *sigh*

Love you!

Snowbrush said...

"I read a LOT of books...several hundred a year, often a book a day"

Wow, I'm impressed! I have of late, for the first time in my life, been reading Westerns. I suppose I've put away ten to twenty by now, and I can't say that I've learned much from them, but they are entertaining, and I'm simply in too much pain to concentrate on anything deeper. If you should, by some strange circumstance, ever read anything like that, I would say that "Sackett" and "Riders of the Purple Sage" are among the best, both by L'Amour.

I've been reading about the drought across the line from you in Texas, and am wondering if it extends into your area.

Marion said...

Snow, I have about 30 of L'Amour's books. I see him more as a philosopher than a writer of Westerns. I've read almost all of his books. My favorite by far was "The Haunted Mesa." It's a real masterpiece, sort of a Sci-fi Western.

It's been dry here, but we got a much needed, drenching rain earlier this week.

Snowbrush said...

Marion, I'll look that book up. Thanks, Dear.