This week we offer you the following:  hilarity at the expense of a country, talking dogs and lusty werewolfs, shattered dreams, an errant scholar, and a Sardinian grandmother.

Let us begin!

Citizen Asha reports: “I just finished The Girl with the Sturgeon Tattoo by Lars Arffssen. It’s his irreverent and absurdist parody of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I loved it, I think everyone should read this book—he has fun poking at Swedish society. I laughed so hard, I think I may have to reread it. “




Abby is reading One Dog Night by David Rosenfelt and The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan.  “Sometimes a light read is just what you need, and I have needed that around 9 times now with the Andy Carpenter series.  Set in the non-glam city of Paterson, New Jersey, Andy is a defense attorney who can afford to be choosy with the cases he accepts.  Andy's top assistant is Tara, a Golden Retriever he rescued and to whom he is deeply devoted.  Along with Tara, Andy's colorful group of associates provides fun banter as they investigate cases and pursue romance. In this book, Andy's accepts a seemingly hopeless case when he learns the defendant was Tara's original owner. Owing the man a debt for bringing Tara into his life, the defense teams kicks into high gear.

“Last week I said that despite the title, The Family Fang was not a werewolf book.  The Last Werewolf, as the title states, most definitely is. Jake Marlowe is the last of his kind, a real werewolf and all that goes with it.  He's lusty, physical and feels some conflict over what he must do to survive.  Being the last also means he is a target for the greatest werewolf slayer of them all.  While Jake is ready to say goodbye and pack it in without a fight, Jake's hunter will not be denied the fight he has dreamed of and believes he deserves.  This book is not to be confused with the recent werewolf teen fad.  This, is a werewolf book.”



Marianne is weighing in with The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuko.  “Let me start by saying how much I love Julie Otsuko's writing style.  She conveys in spare and haunting prose the plight of Japanese mail-order brides who were brought to this country in the 1920's expecting to enjoy a prosperous and full life.  Once here, their dreams were shattered as they became field hands, house servants and low level laborers.  In addition, they faced racial prejudice and ultimately the internment camps during WWII.  To really appreciate the poetic aspect of this book, I think it should be read in small increments of a few pages at a time. If read, straight through, the author's use of repetition can become a little monotonous and the impact of the tragic lives these women led may become lost.”


Jeanne is reading The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.   “I am about 200 pages in.  I want to put it in a headlock and give it a big noogie.  Hope I can sustain this bonhomie through another 300 pages. It's really the first book that I have read in a while that keeps me from my studies!”




Barbara M is reading a From the Land of the Moon by the Italian author, Milena Agus.  “An unnamed granddaughter tells the story of her Sardinian grandmother who, because she was thought to be crazy, didn’t marry until she was 30, had one child (the narrator’s father), and dreamed of true love. Although it is a translation the language is beautiful and poetic.”



Have a great weekend!



I was on the fence about

I was on the fence about reading The Art of Fielding until I saw Jeanne's review. Now I have to read it!