What I Read: December ’14

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach: Roach’s writing is approachable and very tidy. While she takes a deep dive into human cadavers, she never loses their humanity and even manages to keep a light tone. While she doesn’t explore the toll that burial takes on the environment, she does explore other more modern options and helps illustrate how much good a cadaver can do for science.

Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua: Offda! This one took me a long time to get through, Kashua switches narratives and times with impunity. I found the main character to be an incredibly chauvinist, with the plot wholly revolving around a years old note and his instance desire to exact punishment on her for the perceived infidelity. I picked this up because I was missing Mahfouz’s writing and wanted to check out other work from the Middle East in translation but I think I’ll need to do a bit more hunting in the future.

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene: I have this in the original 1930 version, which is what I read as a kid. As much as I love Nancy Drew, I couldn’t help noticing the horrific slang that Keene foisted upon the only character of color while allowing Drew to commit crimes (trespassing) and be lauded as the hero of the story. I’m eager to re-read the rest of the original ones I do have, but with a more critical adult eye.

What I Watched: Locke, Noah, Wreck It Ralph, The One I Love, Muppets Christmas Carol, Elf, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods

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