Venice Observed

Mary McCarthy


Ever since I saw the film Dangerous Beauty about the famous Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco, I have been obsessed with Venice. I read everything I can get my hands on about La Serenissima, the most serene republic.

This book, unlike the histories and other books I read, is an intensely personal reaction to the city. As we travel through the city, we share the keen observations of an articulate writer who has the gift of description.

I may never see Venice in this life, but this account is pure pleasure.


Cruising Attitude

Heather Poole


This was a fun, easy read about the trials and tribulations of being a flight attendant. My flying days are over, but I enjoyed reading this book about air travel through the eyes of a flight attendant. Mostly I wondered why anyone would want to be one. It looks very glamorous to the casual observer, but since most people exhibit their worst characteristics under conditions that are less than ideal, one quickly realizes that flight attendants come in for more than their share of abuse.

They have a dangerous, difficult job. We are fortunate that there are people willing to perform it. I’m glad I’m not one of them.

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris

If you’ve ever tried to learn a foreign language, you will sympathize with Sedaris. Lost in the wilds of French grammar and vocabulary, he stumbles around trying to find his way.

Interspersed with his language struggles, are glimpses of his family. As a child growing up in the south, being ‘different’, trying to find his way, he spins it all into gold for the reader.