Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 16, 2010

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides
Calliope (or Cal as 'he' now is known) was born and raised as a girl. Then suddenly something started to grow down below and Calliope realized something was very wrong. A story covers three generations, starting with Calliope's grandparents (who also happen to be brother and sister) who flee Smyrna, during a Turkish invasion, to America where they settle in Detroit and start a new life as husband and wife.

This wonderfully crafted story delves into many 'human' issues including who and why we love along with the great "Nature vs. Nuture" debate. The subject matter may be hard for some to swollow, but as someone who has known a hermaphordite this tale is told with honesty concerning what it means to be 'different'. Of the books I have read so far on this list I would have to say it is in my top five.

I am off to read a couple of 'non-list' books as they have holds and are due tomorrow. Normally, I would just check them back in and request them again, but both are titles I have been looking forward to reading: THE IMPERFECTIONISTS by Tom Rachman which has been getting very good buzz all over the web and Julia's KITCHEN WISDOM: ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES AND RECIPES FROM A LIFETIME OF COOKING by Julia Child, what can I say, I have become a Julia fan ever since reading Julie and Julia! My reviews on both of these will post tomorrow on my other blog and then I'll be back for more '1001' reading!

So far: 24 Books Read
977 To Go!

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!


  1. Wow that sounds highly interesting. I love hearing about the lesser known (to me)titles from someone whose read them. I'm starting to look forward to reading a bunch of books I'd never heard of before.

    I need to get my butt in gear though because you are totally beating me and I need to catch up!

  2. This is one of those books I wanted to read but never got to, out of sheer terror! Okay, that's exaggerated, but I should read this book sometime! Nice review!

  3.'re not that far behind me and I plan on tackling Ulysses soon, which might sloooow meeeee downnnnn a bit. need for terror, the 'strange' bit are handled very well without a lot of 'ickiness'.