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Francesca recommends books! | Manolo for the Big Girl

Francesca recommends books!

Large girls of superfantasticness feed their minds as well as their bodies, souls, and closets.

Francesca recently re-read The Great Gatsby, and discovered that the book has improved significantly since Francesca studied it in tenth grade English class. It is much more entertaining at the age of 30-something than at the age of 15! Worth revisiting!

She also recently read this superfantastic novel of the fantasy, after a friend who is a novelist recommended it. The story is very engrossing and there are several intertwined and compelling subplots, and of course plenty of evil wizards and former children of the farm who are working to overcome evil and save the world. What Francesca appreciates about this book is that the entire story is self-contained. It is not part of a series. One can read and enjoy, and when one reaches the end, one can sigh in contentment about the (surprising) denoument without thinking “now I’ll have to wait for volume 2.” There is no volume 2. The end is the quite satisfying end. Thank you, Guy Gavriel Kay.

Finally, have you yet purchased your copy of the memoirs by our super-sized heroine, the indefatigable Camryn Manheim? It is funny and sad and relatable and a great book to read when you go this weekend to the beach! (Especially the chapter about how, as a younger fat girl, she was once lying on her beach towel, tanning, when someone came to talk to her, which meant she could not roll over because rolling over involves moving in front of the other person, and moving in one’s bathing suit causes “unattractive foldage of fat.” So, instead, she suffered severe sunburn. I think she regrets this now.)

Happy reading!

xoxo, Francesca

2 Responses to “Francesca recommends books!”

  1. Icy August 21, 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay is a wonderful book and I love it, and him as an author, dearly. Try the Lions of Al Rassan if you’re looking for another fabulous read, and the Sailing to Sarantium two book series.

  2. class-factotum August 22, 2007 at 8:27 pm #

    I was an English major. I was happily surprised to see how “Great Expectations” changed from a boring chore in 9th grade to a “I can’t wait to see what happens next” my sophomore year of college. Maybe there are some books you just need to grow into.