Trillin on Texas
|Larry McMurtry in his bookstore.|
|We miss you, Molly Ivins.|
“She was fantastic company. When you caught sight of her at a political convention, you realized that you were going to have some fun regardless of how long the speeches went on. When the Nation magazine’s cruise ship stopped in St. Thomas, the thought of spending the day in what is essentially a shopping mall with sun could be brightened by Molly organizing an expedition looking for what she called, as I remember, slutty shoes.”
Daughters of the Revolution
Too many people overlooked this slim novel from Carolyn Cooke, an O.Henry winner for her stories. Daughters of the Revolution is set at a New England boarding school overseen by Goddard Byrd, but he's that sort of headmaster who doesn't see anything wrong with everyone calling him God. Through an admissions error, the all boys school admits its first female student, Carole Faust. Oh, and the first woman student? She's also African-American. It's 1968, the school--while prestigious--needs money, and, well, God's a bit of a womanizing bastard.
Carolyn Cooke is a brilliant writer and I really loved this book. (Here's some trivia for Gianna: Carolyn Cooke worked for Penthouse magazine before getting her MFA.) It's sophisticated, tightly written, humorous and moving. Daughters of the Revolution reminded me a bit of Kate Walbert's Our Kind (another great book that's worth checking out). Book lovers are always looking for the great books that slip under the radar; well, here you go. Also, your book group will thank me too.