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Book Review: The Dinner and Winter’s Bone

11 Sep

So I know I’m a bit late to the game on these books. But better late than never, right? Plus, my mom had downloaded these to her nook so I could rip them onto mine. Perfecto.

So I was on an epic week-long work trip, which included one 24-hour day. NY-MA-WA-NY, complete with a red-eye flight home. Lovely, right?

A friend recommended The Dinner by Herman Koch. She said it was a quick read, since the story takes place over the course of just one evening. During dinner. Creative title, right?

Let’s just say this isn’t a regular dinner. The story revolves around the candidate for prime minister and his brother, who decide that they need to go to dinner with their wives to discuss the “horrible things their children have been doing.”

Not to give it away…but let’s just say the brother is cray cray. Like seriously crazy. And not in the good “oh hey, lets go to a crazy family dinner where someone says something non-PC but its really funny and we all get a little loaded” crazy.

It was a quick read though. But probably not good for beach reading. Or any other occasion where you want something that will make you laugh.

Then I started Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. You know, the book that made Jennifer Lawrence famous. After you read it, you’ll know that the title is also creative.

It’s winter, and she needs bones for something. But I won’t give it away.

I read through this book really quickly, once I finished the first few chapters. It is set in the Ozarks, and is full of characters, crazy family relationships, and backwoods Hatfields-McCoys style drama.

This one is worth picking up.

Does anyone have other book recommendations? My reading list right now is empty.

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5 Responses to “Book Review: The Dinner and Winter’s Bone”

  1. Juan Marin September 11, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Try Midnight train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. Probably the best I will read this year. Un abrazo amiga.

    • cakerypapery September 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Thanks love. Will read it soon!

      besos y abrazos.

  2. lolarugula September 14, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    I’m often terrible at reading books in their heyday. Gone Girl was the last book that had me truly riveted until the end. For non-fiction, Brain on Fire was fascinating to me. I’ve not read Winter’s Bone, so I’ll have to do so. The Dinner sounds intriguing, too…I’ll add it to my list. 🙂

  3. jana October 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    There’s a great website called whatshouldireadnext.com..type in a title you like and it will give you 20 books that are similar! Also, an awesome read is Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones and Butter, loved Honeymoon with my Brother by Franz Wisner and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson!

    • cakerypapery November 24, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Thanks! I’ll have to check some of these out!

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