Wednesday, December 2, 2009

American Wife

LOVED IT. One of the top 3 books for me this year. It's loosely based on Laura Bush and I don't really care how much is founded in fact and how much is made up, I couldn't put it down. It starts with her as a girl in the 50's and 60's and continues all the way up to 2004 or so.

I loved Sittenfeld's first book, Prep, but was less than in love with her second book, but this one? Best of the three in my opinion. It's so articulate. And thought provoking. It makes you consider another side of George Bush; albeit not necessarily a more flattering one - just a more human one. It has such wonderful thoughts and insight on wealth and privilege, fame, politics, and what it means to be married. Please go read it. I don't care how hyped this book was - sometimes the hype is TRUE.

I enjoyed this book so much I'm worried about what to read next. Any suggestions of something that won't let me down?


Anonymous said...

The Help, comes highly recommended.

Anonymous said...

Just begun, What is the What by Dave Eggers, about the lost boys of Sudan. good.

Karen said...

I LOVED this one too and was in the same situation as you when I finished it - I had no idea what to read next!! Have you read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie?? That is one I loved this year.

cranky rae said...

Def one of my favorite reads this year, too -- maybe one of my favorite reads of all time. So good.