Musings From A Bookmammal

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Although these two books couldn’t be more different, I was reading both at the same time and finished them within a day of each other.

happy marriageThis Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage is a book of essays by Ann Patchett, author of several best-selling novels, bookstore co-owner, and also the author of Truth and Beauty, her memoir of her friendship with the late Lucy Grealy. Patchett’s novels are often kind of hit-and-miss for me, but I loved Truth and Beauty and was anxious to get my hands on her latest collection of nonfiction. Happily, it didn’t disappoint! I loved every essay included in this book, but my favorites were her accounts of going on book tours, her experiences with helping an elderly nun make her way to independence outside of the convent walls, her description of going through the testing procedure to become a member of the LAPD, her account of how and why she became a co-owner of a bookstore in Tennessee, and her essay about her beloved dog, Rose. That last one had me literally crying while trying to read and hug my cats at the same time. I borrowed this book from the library, but will be buying my own copy at some point because I know I’ll want to re-read several of these essays again and again.

silent wifeThe Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison is a psychological thriller that has been compared to Gone Girl, which I also enjoyed. It’s told from alternating viewpoints (a technique I love when it’s done well), it deals with a relationship gone horribly wrong, and it contains several plot twists that I thought were wonderful. This is an example of a book where the characters were not particularly likeable (especially the husband—I haven’t read a character that I disliked so much in quite awhile) yet the writing kept propelling me along, and I find myself continuing to think about the characters several days after finishing the book—and that’s the sign of a good writer.


lost girlsI just started Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker and am only a few dozen pages into it. It’s in the true crime genre, which I enjoy but haven’t read much of lately. It’s the story of the search for a Long Island serial killer who  targeted prostitutes/escorts who found their customers on Craigslist. So far the writing is quite compelling and, although it sure isn’t typical holiday reading, I’m looking forward to getting back into this book later today.


As usual, I have absolutely no idea! I just picked up seven books from the library yesterday (don’t you HATE it when all the books you’ve reserved come in at once?) and I don’t have a clue about what I’ll be in the mood to read next–possibly something a bit lighter after all the murder and mayhem.

How about you? Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

8 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays


    Happy New Year!!!

    Stop by my blog tomorrow for an international giveaway of Jubilee’s Journey!!

    Leaving TWO links for you to check out today if you like. 🙂

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    My First Book of The Year

  2. Well after your recent advice I have a copy of The Silent Wife and I’m hoping for great things and I’m sure you know what I’m going to say about Lost Girls…. 😉

  3. The Silent Wife and Lost Girls look really good. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.

  4. Just finished The Shell Seekers – old book, great read. Now reading The Book Thief – slightly strange writing style, but good so far. Have just ordered from the library The Silent Wife from the library! Happy New Year to you.

    • Oh–I remember reading the Shell Seekers and really enjoying it! I think I still have my copy.
      I haven’t read The Book Thief yet–I keep hearing about it but I’m not sure I’m in the right mood for it. It remains on my TBR list.
      Please let me know what you think about Silent Wife!

  5. I love Ann Patchett–her essays are on my TBR. And I didn’t think The Silent Wife should have been compared to Gone Girl–the intensity wasn’t the same for me.

    I just set my reading goal on Goodreads. You should try it–you can read whatever you want, just keep track of them.

    • I agree that I didn’t like Silent Wife as much as Gone Girl, but I’d place it just a couple of notches below. There were a couple of reveals that really surprised me.
      I hope you enjoy Ann Patchett’s latest as much as I did!

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