Monday, July 23, 2012

Let's Pretend this Never Happened

Jenny Lawson's almost true memoir is hilarious!  If you even think your life was disfuntional, you were a weird kid or thought your parents were strange you need to read Let's Pretend this Never Happened.  Even if you don't think any of those things and just need to rest assured your life was normal, you need to read this book.  Need a really good laugh and don't care if people stare at you on the bus, then read this book.  If you don't care about mascara running down your face, want to try to read to your partner while laughing so he/she can't understand a word you are saying or have a warped sense of humour, well then read this book.

I now visit Jenny Lawson's blog page The Bloggess -- I'm a fan!  Thank you Jenny Lawson for being the almost crazy cat lady and for having a crazy childhood which makes mine seem overly normal.

PS: Lila, you need to read this book.

Loving Frank

Loving Frank is about Frank Lloyd Wright's affair with Martha (Mamah) Borthwick the woman he left his wife Catherine for in the early 1900s.  Frank Lloyd Wrigth met Martha Borthwick when he designed the house for her and her husband Edwin Cheney. The two fell in love during the designing of the house and eventually moved to Europe. Martha leaving behind her two children and Frank Lloyd Wright leaving behind his six children, as well as their respective spouses.  The affair caused a huge scandal at the time with reprecussions for both families.

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of my favourite architects and I already knew he was considered arrogant. I also knew a bit about his affair from documentaries I've seen on his life.  So this novel was of interest to me as I wanted to know more about his relationship with Martha Borthwick.  This novel is a mix of fact and fiction providing a picture of what loving Frank Lloyd Wright must of been like, the famous architect of Oak Park - ego and all.  I can't say I liked or disliked this novel especially when I already knew the outcome.