Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Hummingbird's Daughter

I forgot I had drafted this entry but never finished until Cream's blog asked the question, "What are you reading?"




One of my reads this summer was "The Hummingbird's Daughter" by Luis Alberto Urrea. A fantastic book based on the life of Teresita Urrea the Saint of Cabora who was the authors great-aunt. To the people she was a "saint",miracle worker, healer. The Catholic church considered her a heretic and the Mexican government consider her an "Indian agitator and political rabble-rouser".

You can find out more here.



Here is another great read. Granta: THE FAMILY They Fuck You Up
I love it! Who can't relate to that?
Anyway, I'm just not going to say anything else but check here.

I will ask, as Cream did, what ARE you reading?

22 Comments:

Blogger Alice said...

Interesting! A very dear friend of mine just sent my "They Fuck You Up"!

It's a great read. The collected writings of Sappho Durrell changed my world.

Right now I'm reading...uh...I just finished "The Cloudspotter's Guide" - which is fabulous - you must read it! And "Exquisite Corpses" - which is a travelogue of European saints and their reliquaries - VERY interesting to me as a non-Catholic.

9/21/2006 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger No said...

Close Case--Alafair Burke.

9/22/2006 04:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Mary,
At the moment I am reading Eve Green by Susan Fletcher!
A great first novel by a young writer.
I'll have to get myself "They Fuck You Up"!

9/22/2006 04:19:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Lukku- I am itching to subscribe to Granta but I don't know where I would possibly put more reading material. I did buy a few issues off ebay. They seem to have plenty for way less. It's just seems to be a quality publication.

Beth- Crime solving I assume?

Cream- An award winner! I'll have to check it out. Love reading.

9/22/2006 07:45:00 AM  
Blogger carbunclefrank said...

Reading Elmore Leonard. Not the newer stuff like Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty but his earlier works of western stories. I know it is totally escapism but that's the point.....for me anyway.

9/22/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I don't know what's wrong with me, I have a pile of really interesting literature to read, and all I do is dig into the True Romance magasines a friend lent me :-o

9/22/2006 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Krissy Doyle said...

I am reading I, Elizabeth. I love historical fiction. My favorite was a book by Philipa Gregory called "The Other Bolelyn Girl". Thanks for asking!

9/22/2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Entertaiment Weekly and Peoples best and worst dressed issue

9/22/2006 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

test by blogger.com

9/22/2006 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I believe everyone's family F them up in someway. ;-)

9/22/2006 04:13:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Carbuncle- Escapism is the greatest. That's why I love to read. And sometimes its the beauty of the words (depending on the writer). Last summer I read the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy.

GG- Sometimes we need a little True Romance. Get what you need.

Krissy- I would love to read both those books. I love reading about historical figures or events. I will catch wind of something and read 2 or 3 books on the subject. I have a problem.

Mark- You don't know what your missing. But then your busy making videos and entertaining us.

Blue- I agree 100%. That's why the title makes me laugh so much although the actual writings not so much. Still very good reading.

9/22/2006 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

I read 'The Hours of the Virgin' by Loren Estleman; my favorite line is when the old PI says "If you can't do something right then do something wrong." 'Lincoln Lawyer' by Michael Connelly was good. Peace wise: 'Calming the Fearful Mind' by Thich Nhat Hanh; just reading a paragraph or two really gets me thinking. Magazine: 'The Skeptical Inquirer'. Reading to the kids: 'Little House in the Big Woods'.

Thanks for asking Mary!

peace, peter

9/23/2006 02:10:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Mary,
"The Greek Myths"
by Robert Graves.

Have afun weekend! - Q.

9/23/2006 04:57:00 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Hello Mary.....It's good to be home from a great 15 day trip on the motorcycle. I read a little from your last entries, Thanks for the bike picture you posted for me, you're great:)

I read a book entitled "The Four Agreements" by a guy named Don Miguel Ruiz. Nothing fantastic, just some ways the author has of conquering your own problems when dealing with things, kind of a self-help type of thing.

Otherwise, hard to read while on the scooter. That one about the family sounds good. Actually called Mom yesterday. You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your family.

That's all I'm saying, my Brother reads your blog:)
It's good to be home. Look for some stories about this trip soon.

Peace.

9/23/2006 05:56:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Peter,
I love Thich Nhat Hanh. And Little House in the Big Woods is one of my favorites! I read the whole series of Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a young girl. So did my four other sisters. It was a staple in our house. We used to play Little House and make my younger brother be Jack the dog or baby Carrie. Older brother wouldn't play. (That was way before the TV series they made.)

Q-When my oldest daughter studied the Greek Myths she used to read them to my youngest son. He enjoyed them. I need to re-read them.
Spadoman- Glad you're back. It was nice meeting your lady while you were out.
I have read the 4 Agreements too. I don't remember being blown away by it but I don't remember much else either. That's me. See you over at your place.

9/23/2006 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

test.

9/23/2006 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

What Liberal Media?
The truth About Bias and the News
By Eric Alterman

9/23/2006 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger No said...

I'm must add that I got a bit bored of the crime solving, and I'm now reading a really good trashy novel, "Sirens." I believe there was a movie with the same name..haven't seen it...good trashy sex scenes though.

9/24/2006 07:06:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Donnie-I'm sure that is insiteful. I think I've heard about this and it is supposed to be pretty good.

No-Change is good.

9/24/2006 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

didn't win Big Blogger so th eupdates are slowing down??? Not a new one since Thursday?? What is going on with you??? Stop all the reading, it isn't good for you!!!

9/24/2006 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Are you gonna take that from Mark? HAHA!

9/25/2006 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yeah Mark. Some of us have a life beyond blogging. (You, Donnie, are pot stirrer. But so is Mark.)

9/25/2006 12:00:00 PM  

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