Friday, March 20, 2009

The Yellow Wallpaper and other writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Suzie heard this book mentioned on Radio 4 I think. The first half of the book contains a selection of short stories, the second half extracts from her non fiction work. She wrote at the turn of the 20th century and was a great feminist and sociologist. It's amazing how forward thinking she was but I have to say that it became a bit like a text book towards the end and not "going to sleep" reading. Would certainly recommend the short stories though and a taster of the essays.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

This was last month's Book Club book and I have to say I wasn't looking forward to reading it. However it turned out to be really good. It's a novel based on the character Dinah, sister of Joseph (of the multi colourder coat fame). She's mentioned a little in the Old Testament and I think the author knows quite a bit about old Jewish traditions.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

A short history of the world by H G Wells

Yes, that H G Wells. Mark gave me this, saying it was a clear and enjoyable read. And he was right - surprisingly clear and concise summary of the world from its formation. Though the post-Roman stuff got pretty complicated! It may get passed to Chris Bell (yes, Linda Bell's husband).