Last Book Blog of 2010

A conversation with North TO Mom reminded me that I read Manhood For Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon in 2010. Well, I didn't actually read it, I listened to it while I was out walking this summer. It's read by the author, and it was a nice listen — I like Chabon's voice and his accent and pronounciation was just different enough to add interest. The content was good too: a collection of essays about fatherhood (and a great one about motherhood), his brother and his kids, and his life before marriage and children. I especially liked the essay about Hanukkah and Christmas — it's basically something I meant to write, but of course now it's been done a thousand times better so I don't have to bother.

My last completed book of 2010 was a good one, too: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. If you haven't read it, it's the story of an odd New England boy who believes he is God's instrument. The blurb on the back of the book says "He is." but I'm pretty sure the reader is free to make her mind up on that matter herself. It's a lovely story (with lots of unexpected Toronto content - Forest Hill, no less) with great, interesting but plausible (or at least, compelling) characters.

Here's to 2011 — let's hope I book blog more often!


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