Friday, February 24, 2012

Book Recommendation

As a general rule I do not enjoy the novels that are required for class. Some notable exceptions are The Great Gatsby and Catch-22. And I recently found another one, that I would suggest to anyone looking for a calm read that'll make you smile with its simpleness.

A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker follows Emmett every morning as he gets up, makes a fire, and contemplates how the little things in life are the most important, the ones you remember. It's not even 200pages, and could probably be read in a single sitting.

I recommend it because it made me smile. He talks a lot about sensory things, like how we use that gentle touch to find our glasses in the morning but then realize after we put them on that it's dark and we still can't see. Or that satisfactory feeling when you scrub a dish and get a piece of food off and the sponge glides over the whole thing without interruption.

If you get a chance, you should read it. There's a duck named Greta, if that makes it more appealing.

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