Three books this month:
1)The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
I liked this, although I have not read any of Karr's memoirs. (She's written three.) I found myself writing down a lot of quotes from this, which is always the sign of a good book. If you write in any way I think you would appreciate this book. Here's just a taste: "Developing a voice is actually learning how to lodge your own memories inside someone else's head."
2) Matilda by Roald Dahl
I actually read this out loud to my class. I love Dahl (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, James and The Giant Peach), but I had never read this book before. Dahl never shrinks from creating horrible characters in children's lit. I think that's part of why kids enjoy his books. I know it's part of why I enjoy them.
3) The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
This started really well. Technology causes a "word flu". Unfortunately, it really dragged for me in the middle and end. I got impatient with the "aphasia" the characters were experiencing in their narration. I did write down a few quotes from this one early on, though. "Words are living legends, swollen with significance. We string them together to make stories, but they themselves are stories."