Eight weeks left and 10 books to go. I'm not so sure about this but I'm going to keep trying. I'm also going to count every single book I read! I probably wouldn't have counted Chuck Close Face Book if I wasn't so far behind. It is a book and I did read it! It's a juvenile biography and it has a flip book section where you can mix up the faces of several of his paintings. It's also a really good book though.
The premise is that kids ask Close questions and he answers them. So in that way, I guess it's an autobiography. You know kids...they ask the questions that everyone is really wondering, the obvious stuff. Here's a taste:
Why do you only paint faces?
"I think a face is a road map of a life." (That's just a part of his answer but I loved that quote.)
Where did you get the idea to use a grid?
"When I was a student, I used to paint big, sloppy pictures. I could paint one eery day. I would put some paint on the canvas and then scrape it off, put more on and scrape it off. I didn’t feel it was a particularly good way for me to work. You see, I am a nervous person. I also tend to be lazy and a slob, and I have a short attention span. I didn’t want all that to dictate the kind of art I would make—a sloppy mess. SO I decided to construct limitations, like using a grid, which would prevent me from making sloppy work.
What I found was, for a nervous person, having something to do every day was very calming. I used to watch my grandmother, who was also a nervous wreck, knit and crochet and quilt. I saw that it would make her very calm. My grandmother used to crochet, say, stars. She didn’t use a pattern, and each star was different. She would make stacks of these stars, and after she had a whole bunch she would crochet them together to make a very big tablecloth. I think watching her make a big, complicated thing out of a lot of little pieces was an important lesson.”
(Again just part of his answer but how awesome is that?!)
I also read Winter Garden. I think I got that title from an old friend on Facebook. I've never read any books by Hannah. At first it felt a little too fluffy for me. I liked the characters but I was worried that I was going to read 400 pages and it was all going to be fluff....I wasn't going to feel anything or learn anything. I was wrong though. The second half is much different, so much different that the last 100 pages are very difficult to read. I cried, I'll leave it at that.
I started reading Winter Garden about the same time that I started watching August: Osage County on Netflix. I kept getting the book and the movie mixed up for awhile. They have the same basic premise, daughters going home to care for the mother after the death of the father. They end up being much different stories but it was a weird coincidence.. And Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts on Netflix, I'll totally take that any day.
I'm STILL reading Rising Strong. It's good, I'm just craving fiction lately. So we'll see what I finish next.