Monday, May 18, 2009

REVIEW - The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

So, I picked this book up on the high praise of The Onion's AV Club, a website I spend entirely too much time on. Here's what I thought:

The Condition - Jennifer Haigh. This novel is revolves around a dysfunctional New England family. The story opens in 1976 with the timeworn ritual of the summer vacation on the Cape. The story purports to revolve around the daughter Gwen's "condition", a genetic, chromosomal abnormality that will keep her tiny her whole life. However, Turner's Syndrome seems to affect all members of the McKotch/Drew family seem to suffer not from a lack of physical development, but mental and emotional growth. The father is a cliched oversexed professor who studies his family from a scientifically. The mother is a passive/aggressive prude. The oldest son is a closeted homosexual. The daughter is not so much limited by her genetic condition as her mother and father issues and her frankly, dull outlook on life. The youngest son is a middle aged stoner whose job and family are a bad joke. In all, the book is filled with unlikeable people who frankly, need to grow up. This is a classic tragic-family-secret book, ironically beautifully written. However, the self-absorbed, dull characters and especially the neatly wrapped up ending culminating with a cheap shot of September 11, made this book an unsatisfying read. C-

Frankly, I should have relied less on the official AV Club review and more on the comments section: "It does sound like a Lifetime movie."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Party On!

Jumping on the party bandwagon with Oak Street Cafe and Queen of the Ball Snoballs.

Party set for this Sunday evening, from 6-9 and will include music, food and drinks. Come on down and enjoy our new road, sidewalks, benches, and bike racks!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What's Happening . . .

This is the group email that went out this week . . .

Greetings and Salutations! Check out what's new and happening at Blue Cypress Books -

~ Be our "FAN" on Facebook! We love to stay in touch and you can send your book thoughts thataway.

~ Blue Cypress Books' book club will meet May 31st at 4:00 to discuss Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis."

~ Every day new books arrive. As always, they are in the gentlest used condition with exceptionally affordable prices. Fill up your "Frequent Reader" card for free books. Don't forget we both buy and trade books!

~And as most are aware, Oak Street is still undergoing serious renovation. Our deepest thanks to those that continue to support our business and the businesses of Oak Street. Rumor has it, we are still in for another four weeks of renovation so stay tuned!

And as always, we continue to being committed to providing New Orleans with high quality and affordable used and rare books.