Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman - Reshelved Books

Hello Dewey Readers!  

Tonight I bring you a lovely review for Adelle Waldman's novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.   This isn't a book I would normally pick up to read on my own, as it seemed a little *gasp* too literary.  However, in my bookish adventures I've decided to join a books & brunch book club with complete strangers! Because as you know, I like books but I LOVE brunch.


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The main character annoyed the heck out of me.  Seriously, I wanted to shake him.  Part of his psychological personality remind me of a relationship gone wrong that I experienced, but really that's stretching it quite a bit.   Nathaniel P. was an asshole.     

Before I continue my rant let's have a little back story.  This novel, as you may have guessed by the title, is about the many love affairs of Nathaniel P.  Now, Nathaniel is a writer.  He went to school for literature, he has a book published, and he's a total book and writing snob.  In my first paragraph where I wrote "Because as you, " would probably piss him off.  But this is a blog and grammar rules are blurred.  Actually, they're nonexistent.  Let's make them up as we go.  Just because Nathaniel P. has love affairs, does not mean that he hasn't had lengthy relationships.  He lived with one girl shortly after college, but that tanked, and his main and most recent love interest, a six month relationship with Hannah, takes up a good portion of this novel.  But this relationship also fails because Nathaniel P. is really just a jerk.  He claims to be proactive with women's rights, but he gets annoyed with Hannah for wanting to "talk" or when her arms jiggle in a way he finds unflattering, which causes him to distance himself and then return.  These little disgust-ions (I made that word up. Take that Nathaniel P.) continue throughout this novel, causing a continues ebb and flow of Nathaniel being really into the relationship and then pulling back.  To quote Taylor Swift, he would "give love and take it away." So it's not a surprise that Hannah gets frustrated.  

So Dewey Readers, I give you a rating of 2.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.... because you know... brunch.  

~Jessica

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant - Reshelved Books

Hello everyone! 

So, let's talk about love.  Specifically, do you think that love can be formed through a survey of 36 questions answered together by two complete strangers? Well, Vicki Grant and her novel 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You thinks it just might be possible.  

This kind of kills the mystical and spiritual idea of love, no?  Well according to Grant, there was a study by Dr. Arthur Aron that suggests the love can be engineered through such a survey.  I took Psych 101 in college, not that I remember much of it other than that I had to color - yes, color - a picture of the brain, so I can't really say that I am familiar with the study  Actually, I could be a good reference librarian and research the study, but I'm doing laundry and painting cats right now...and don't really feel like it, so we'll just go with what the novel proposes.

The premise of this novel is a study with the hopes of proving or disproving Dr. Arthur Aron's hypothesis.  Can love be engineered between two strangers through 36 questions.  The two strangers that we meet are Hildy and Paul.  Both from two very different economic and familial backgrounds.  We have Hildy, the child a stereotypical nuclear family and who's mother is a doctor, and we have Paul, the child of a single mother who is poor and lives on his own.  Hildy signs up for the study because she feels honor bound by science, and Paul signs up because he wants the $40 it pays. 

What I liked about this novel is that it is written as an epistolary, where we have the question and answer/dialogue form.  This makes the novel read rather quickly.  What I didn't like about the novel is that Hildy and Paul do not answer the questions within the domains of the study room.  They leave the room!  They answer them through online messaging! In coffee shops! And God knows where else!  They have days to answer these questions! AND they have days to talk about other things that stem off of the questions, so of course love is possible.  Their potential love is not just based off the survey alone.  It's a learning process, just like any other relationship would be.  

So dear readers, I give you a rating of 3 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  I read this book within a day and I DID enjoy it, but besides the study not really being a study, Hildy annoyed me.  

Until the next read!
~Jessica 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1 Year Anniversary Giveaway!



Can you believe that For the Love of Dewey is turning 1 year old?  No?? Well, neither can we!  To celebrate and say thank you, we are hosting a giveaway for a gift card to Barnes & Noble!  

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