A Fine and Private Place always amazes me because he wrote it when he was 16, in the early 1960s I believe. So the middle-aged and old characters, rare enough even now as protagonists in books by middle-aged and old people, are stunningly innovative. Also, the first sentence. However, I wouldn't have quite made your point about setting, and once you make it, I completely agree.
Is the Bisson/Spinner about identical twins? (She said, storing up ideas for the fraternal twins in her life, who are still far too young for such things, but will indubitably get older.)
No, it has three sets of fraternal twins.
I, on the other hand, have been preferring non-fiction. I was thinking about this yesterday and realized it is not because one has any virtue over the other, I just use them in different ways. I also miss mid-century New York. I'm not sure I ever found it while I was living there, but I am sure it still exists. I caught glimpses of it in various neighborhoods.
I use them in different ways, too, but not always predictably different ways. I got some really interesting-looking nonfiction for Christmas, but for some reason I just haven't reached for any of it.
I love Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned.
Also, it's Les Miserables. And this becomes even more apparent with the sequel.
Might you have been the source of this recommendation? My old library book list was four closely written pages of scribblings rather than the lean, mean electronic system this one is, but it had the advantage of noting who said I might want to read things, and sometimes even why. I would have noted "Bear !!" for this one, or "Bear ~" if you were iffy but thought there were worthwhile aspects to what you had recommended.
I'm gonna guess it was me or snurri
, as I know he's even more of a Mosely fan than me.
Well, Blame snurri
is generally a good strategy.
Right now I am regretting not living nearer to you so we could trade YA and child lit books back and forth.
Speaking of which, do you own any Alcott? I'm going to have to force myself to read her soon . . . I'm been gearing up with Yonge and Coolidge.
One of many reasons we should get the teleporters installed, yes.
I do have a bunch of Alcott. Really a bunch. I think I'm missing Under the Lilacs of the children's stuff, and that's it. I am even fond of some of it, although An Old-Fashioned Girl gives me hives.
Hmmm . . . I may try to borrow your collection (if you'd let me) the next time we're up that way. I am currently amused that the public library here has most of Alcott's stuff, but the university library doesn't.
At this point I'm figuring that if I can handle Yonge, and I can handle Coolidge's _What Katy Did_ series, I can handle Alcott. And by handle I mean force myself to read it.
Sure, as long as markgritter
don't expect they'll want to be reading them in the interim.
Heeheehee. Sorry. Hee.
Feel free to tell them I'll fight 'em for it. I know how much resistance they'll put up!
Yet more evidence for Scott re: how beastly huge, scary, and intimidating I am. Mark and Tim wouldn't even dare to fight me over Alcott books!
I've been reading all fiction too; mostly murder mysteries because they're so comforting when I'm depressed. Last time I was depressed it was all serial killers all the time. This time it's been extremely fluffy cozies and Margaret Frazer's 2 series, both set in 15th century England.
I don't like Hill's Dalziel/Pascoe books, but I just acquired one of the Joe Sixkiller books I hadn't read yet.
Nice comforting murder mysteries. Yes. I think I should try the Joe Sixkiller books next, but I still have one more Dalziel/Pascoe on hand.
I think I like Laurie Halse Anderson better now than I would have in high school-- I certainly like what I've read recently better than Speak, which I think I read in college. I've looked at Catalyst, but it didn't grab me.
It's tough figuring out what I would have liked ten years ago.
The other category of people who really need it are people who want to study setting, because it was one of the most intensely set books I've ever read. </i.
Ooh! This book has been marked "eventually" on the to-read list for a while now, but knowing this about its setting bumps it up substantially. Really strong setting is one my very favorite things in fiction.
Read Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned on the basis of this rec - loved it. Thanks =) It has a great way of being quiet about its truths.
At the time I read it, I thought, "This is really good, but it's not my sort of thing." And now I'm thinking, "I wonder if the library has more of that series." Because it's just that good.