More chick reads for August

August 10, 2004

More chick reads for August

A Walk on the Beach
Joan Anderson
Random House
Another book categorised as a memoir ? this book is a story of an extraordinary friendship between two women, it is autobiographical and is Joan Anderson?s third work of narrative nonfiction. A graduate of Yale University School of Drama, Anderson lives with her husband on Cape Cod where the book takes place. Shortly after arriving on Cape Cod to spend a year by herself, Joan Anderson?s chance encounter with a wise, playful, and astonishing woman helped her transform herself. Joan Erikson was perhaps best known for her collaboration with her husband, Erik, a pioneering psychoanalyst and noted author. After Erik?s death, she wrote several books extending their theory of the stages of life to reflect her understanding of aging as she neared ninety-five. But her wisdom was best taught through their friendship; as she sat with Anderson, Joan Erikson?s lessons took shape on their small cardboard looms as well as in her friend?s revitalized life. In writing about their extraordinary friendship, Anderson reveals a need she didn?t know she had: for a mentor to help navigate the transitions she faced as she grew beyond middle age. And when Joan Erikson had to face her husband?s death and the growing limitations of her own body, Anderson was able to give back some of the wisdom she had gleaned. A Walk on the Beach is not a book to be taken lightly but more of a journey than a casual reading experience.

RRP $22.95 but only $20.66 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Diana Abu-Jaber
Pan Macmillan
This novel has been described by critics as an Arab-American novel as delicious as Like Water for Chocolate. Praised by critics from The New Yorker to USA Today for her first novel, Arabian Jazz (“an oracular tale that unfurls like gossamer”), Diana Abu-Jaber weaves with spellbinding magic a multidimensional love story set in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles. Thirty-nine-year-old Sirine, never married, lives with a devoted Iraqi-immigrant uncle and an adoring dog named King Babar. She works as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, her passions aroused only by the preparation of food ? until an unbearably handsome Arabic literature professor starts dropping by for a little home cooking. Falling in love brings Sirene’s whole heart to a boil ? stirring up memories of her parents and questions about her identity as an Arab American.
Written in a lush, lyrical style reminiscent of The God of Small Things, infused with the flavors and scents of Middle Eastern food, and spiced with history and fable, Crescent is a sensuous love story and a gripping tale of risk and commitment. An interesting yet, very insightful and pleasurable read.

RRP $19.95 but only $17.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

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