Reading life review

Number of books read in 2013: 36
Complete list of books read in 2013 can be found here.
Number of books read since last "reading life review" post: 6

Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (Joyce Carol Oates; 2013. 288 pages. Fiction.) Suicide. Emotional abuse. Cutting. Divorce. This is twenty-first-century "problem novel" if ever there were one! More about JCO here.

Dare Me (Megan Abott; 2012. 304 pages. Fiction.) Looking for "television in print," I stumbled on this psychological study of cheerleaders and their new coach. Got what I came for.

The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life (Robin Stern; 2007. 288 pages. Non-fiction.) Background information for a fiction piece.

Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked (James Lansdun; 2013. 224 pages. Non-fiction.) From Amazon's description:
... Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author’s strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student, a self-styled “verbal terrorist,” who began trying, in her words, to “ruin him.” Hate mail, online postings, and public accusations of plagiarism and sexual misconduct were her weapons of choice and, as with more conventional terrorist weapons, proved remarkably difficult to combat. James Lasdun’s account, while terrifying, is told with compassion and humor, and brilliantly succeeds in turning a highly personal story into a profound meditation on subjects as varied as madness, race, Middle East politics, and the meaning of honor and reputation in the Internet age.
Harvest (A.J. Lieberman; 2013. 128 pages. Graphic fiction.) A grisly journey into the underground world of organ transplants.

The Guilty One (Lisa Ballantyne; 2013. 480 pages. Fiction.) The conclusion is apparent in the first fifty pages, but the secondary story was a taut psychological study.


Margaret WV said...

That's a dark list.

You're writing fiction?

Mental multivitamin said...

Gosh, I didn't realize just how dark it was until you mentioned it. Heh, heh, heh. And I was trying my hand at fiction... with less than satisfactory results. I can tell a good story. I have not yet written one.

Saw your remarks on Thile and Mehldau. Boy, that was interesting. And imperfect. Which was part of the tension, if that makes sense. Not everything they wanted to say worked when they spoke at the same time. But it was terrific stuff.

When I have a run of fragments like that, it's time to call it a night. :o)

Good to,hear from you, Margaret.


Margaret WV said...

I've been thinking about some of the themes represented in your dark book list because two 16 year old girls were arrested here last week for murdering their "best friend," another 16 year old, last July. So far the "why" is because they didn't like her any more. I've ordered the Gaslight book for some insight into the "how."

ChristineMM said...

A relative of ours was gaslighted with verbal & physical abuse. She blocked it all out of her memory but her kids knew all those years. Then it all came rushing back when he left her. That is a freaky mind-phenomenon.