• Telling Your Story

    Don’t be a book snob

    Have you ever come across something on Facebook that someone is raving about but you saw it months ago and you think that is so yesterday or where have they been? This is how I feel after reading All That I Am by Anna Funder. I feel like I’ve been under a rock and everyone else knows something good that I didn’t. Here’s why I hadn’t read it so far. I have this thing about book awards. There is no reasoning to it and no logic either. But when a book has been raved about, won numerous awards, I shun it because of how incestuous the publishing industry can be.…

  • Telling Your Story

    Where Fact Can Be Fiction

    I’ve been in a book group for ten years. I’ll admit that the book discussion aspect of our meetings is fairly small compared to the gossiping. But that’s what is great about books. They bring people together. Being part of a book group means that I read books that I wouldn’t normally choose. It’s a bit like a blind date. Sometimes the book doesn’t resonate with me, other times I’m glad that it was put in my hands. Last month, we read Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (Vintage Books, 2009 – bestseller). This is a non-fiction account of a family during Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. There were parts of it…