Wait, Avoid, Ignore

Okay, so should I read Eat, Pray, Love? I know it’s #1 on the USA Today list right now. I know it’s been a bestseller for 50 weeks, and it’s surely going to be on the annual bestseller list for 2007. And I know that reading it will give me untold insights into the American psyche. Well, maybe.

But its name just totally bugs me. I know that sounds stupid, but I’m really into names, and this one is just…ugh. It smacks of A Female Journey, all serious and misty.

Am I wrong? Am I a jerk? Is this book wonderful? Please enlighten me!

3 thoughts on “Wait, Avoid, Ignore

  1. I liked it. I was hesitant about it too, but I heard so many good things that I had to give it a try. It’s better than the title!

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I didn’t want to read it either b/c I don’t generally enjoy “travelogue” books, but at my friend’s urging I did so, and I wound up LOVING it. Worth a try on your end at least I’d say. As I read more, I liked it more. But, of course, art (and what we like to read) is subjective.

    Another book I read and want to share with you is “Dancing Backward in Paradise” by a Southern writer, Vera Jane Cook. Her characters are great, and it left me wondering about their lives weeks after I’d finished the story. I would put this in a category similar to “Fried Green Tomatoes” if you’ve read that one.

    Two different genres, but both good reads.

    Happy 2008!


  3. Thanks for your advice, folks! No one wrote to tell me the book sucked, so I guess I have to read it now. Bummer, dude.

    I’ll check out Vera Jane Cook, Linda — thanks for the recommendation! I did quite enjoy Fried Green Tomatoes. So see, I’m not a total grump.

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