May 2002

I have been gobbling books the past two months. I've read some amazing ones...and thankfully no dogs. The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald It is an utter catastrophe that this man died so young. He is a great writer...and I mean great. As in people will be reading him in 200 years. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer Somehow we ended up receiving four copies of this book, so I decided it was incumbent upon me to read one of them. I laughed myself sick. Delightful. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus Surprisingly well written, and left me cringing. Am I like those horrible Upper East Side women? You'd better ask my nanny. Only she knows.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides This marvelous book is exactly the kind of family saga the vile "Family Orchard" tries to be. I loved every page, and was utterly depressed when it was over.

Atonement by Ian McEwan I definitely see what all the fuss is about. The ending will knock you out.

The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian An engrossing read. Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller I couldn't put this down. My God, what a life. Her mother...I don't even know what to say.

Unless by Carol Shields They say that this may be her last novel, and that is truly a tragedy. Spilling Clarence by Anne Ursu An entertaining first novel. Fair Warning by Robert Olen Butler I'm afraid this left me entirely cold. Empire Falls by Richard Russo I loved this book! The Pulitzer people made a fabulous choice.