The Book Nook

The Book Nook is my little place to talk about (not to be insanely obvious here…) books.  Because I like to read a book every year or so.  I promise I won’t give anything away (but, things happen).  And, there is a 76% chance that you’ll find this review a complete waste of time because you read the book 10 years ago.  Moving on.

THE BOOK: The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

My thoughts (which most likely carry little to no influence):

You know what?  I’m not a fan.  And I think I know why.  I didn’t give a flying fortune cookie about the characters.  Sorry.  Wally Lamb ruined me.  I’ll probably never read another good book again.

Let me explain.

Kathy:  She’s a messed up little lady that showers infrequently, sports chronic cigarette breath, who happens to have a LOT of sex with a mustached *married* guy named Lester.  A guy named Lester!  With a mustache!  The pair of them got it on!  I thought I would hurl up my Dairy Queen.  And that’s some serious gag reflex.

The other guy in the book:  He is not overly interesting except for the fact that his pride is the size of the sun and he beats up his wife.  Ummm, check please.

The gist of the story is apparently their worlds collide because they are fighting over the same house.  *yawn*  Can you believe this was an Oprah bookclub pick?  Am I just being cranky?  You know what, it’s in your best interest not to answer that.

Grade: C-

Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? Probably not. Even if the bus dropped him off to live on an island, with no access to HGTV, my blog, or any other books.

What I am reading now:  The Book Thief (which was recommended to me last Book Nook!)

Any books that you regret wasting your life on?

10 thoughts on “The Book Nook

  1. I can’t believe you even started reading a book with a character named Lester. *Red flag*

    I can tell how much you like a book by how fast you read it. And you “raced” through this one at a snails pace.

    Oprah, you let us (I mean, Candace) down!

  2. Hey sweetie i especially love the book nook. so many books wear me out with their frantic angst. i often wonder how superficial we all seem to be.

    since i am crawling closer and closer to the big 60, i find i no longer feel that once i open a book, i will finish it. thank goodness i feel that way since it saves so much time and emotional anxiety. i don’t think we are getting cranky, i think we are expecting more from our authors.

    seize the day, and all that. i love reading your blog. i need pickles and conversation and you do such a good job at both. Ah, if i could only claim responsibility for your genius, i would. smooches mama san

  3. Bummer on the book! I HATE getting all jazzed up about a book because it’s been highly recommended or it’s on a legitimate bookclub list (ah-hem Oprah) and then having it totally SUCK! Sounds like you need a little Dairy Queen just to cheer you up. :-)

    I once wasted time (and money) on “The Historian”??? I thought it was a historical fiction but it was about Dracula. Bore and Gore = ew, ew EW!

    I LOVED The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dog Years (M. Doty). Both are beautiful.

    • Note to self, skip The Historian! I can’t wait to read the two you recommended – I have a good feeling they will make me do the ugly cry. Who doesn’t love a good ugly cry??

  4. The Art of Racing in the Rain is WONDERFUL! I loved it…lots of good quotes, good story, and doggy love. (it has just occurred to me that I may have commented on this very book in a previous book nook but I am too lazy to go back and look)…so read it!!! NEXT!!!!

  5. I read this book too (like 10 years ago, hehe), BUT I also found it rather boring and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone! In other words, good post. I agree.


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