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Amanda Quraishi

Joined 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm a middle-aged, eclectic book reader who enjoys both physical/paper books and audiobooks from lots of genres. I'm especially partial to all manner of science fiction, as well as nonfiction books on sociology, psychology and zen. I also love a good short story.

In my experience, book people are generally good people. Happy to be here.

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12% complete! Amanda Quraishi has read 6 of 50 books.

Lawrence Wright: Mr. Texas (2023, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Knopf) No rating

This is an OUTSTANDING book. I've often wished for a TV show about the lege - a cross between The West Wing and Dallas - and this comes pretty close. I was surprised to find out that Wright had actually turned this into a podcast and a play at one point, and had designs on a screenplay.

Wright's tale is funny, bittersweet and thought-provoking. Despite the politics at the center of the story, he treats his cast of characters with respect, offering a look at the dynamics up at the capital; and he brings realistic nuance to the polarized body that runs our state.

I can't recommend it enough.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear 4 stars

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth …

Don't miss this book on creative living.

5 stars

I've not read anything else by Gilbert, and was delighted by this short book on creative living (something I'm particularly interested in). This book has some great suggestions but it doesn't feel prescriptive. Gilbert presents her experience as a writer as her own, and some of what she writes about is unique to her life - but much of it is relatable to creative people in general. I felt seen in several parts of the book - and reading it made me feel affirmed in my own struggles to make my creativity the center of my life.

John Updike: In the beauty of the lilies (1996, A.A. Knopf) 5 stars

Faith ultimately bursts into flame as Updike's major new novel, charting the lives of one …

It took me a long time to finish this book because I was savoring it. It's truly one of the best books I've read as an adult. Updike's attention to detail - both in environment and within human relationships makes this book immersive and delightful. The story follows for successive generations in an American family, with an emphasis on their attachments (or lack thereof) to both religion and film.