Date of visit: October 26, 2017
We went here after having Weinberg Family Dinner at Volterra — it was a beautiful fall afternoon. I had a cocktail and a half portion of pasta, which was really quite enough.
Allegheny Front, Matthew Neill Null — A collection of short stories illustrating the high cost orimpossibility of change in Allegheny West Virginia. Ironic mode for sure.
I somewhat avoid short story collections for this project because it’s so easy to read one story in the collection and call it a day, but I kept reading because I wanted to get to one where the protagonist triumphs. Never found one.
The Good Neighbor, Amy Sue Nathan — A divorced woman, about to turn 40, moves back to her family home near Philadelphia, and starts blogging about her dating escapades with a man named Mac! Visitor count goes way up, and her friend hires her to write for her media company. Plot twist: Mac is made up, but now she has to continue. How will it end??
I almost felt bad reading this because it was so simple and far fetched, but whatever, I had insomnia.
A Kind of Intimacy, Jenn Ashworth — Told from the perspective of an delusional, murderous fat girl, who is relatable and pitiable nevertheless. She moves in to a new neighborhood and starts obsessing over the male neighbor and harassing his partner; slowly her past begins to unwind.
Ok — and — I am going to “break” a bunch of my own “rules” here: I never finished a fourth work of fiction from this library. Instead, I read parts of several non-fiction books: My Own Words, a collection of speeches about / by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, edited by Harvey Molotch and Laura Norén.