ATG Book of the Week: The Secret Lives of Words

The ATG New Channel Book of the Week of February 28, 2011

The Secret Lives of Words by Paul West. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2000. 0151004668 206 pages.

This is a book of words. Words have always fascinated me, not so much the story but the etymology of them. Not that I understand the word completely. Still, did you know that “widget” is a variation of gadget. Says West,

“Something Platonic gives the widget an appealing, fictional flair.”

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  1. HI Katina,
    I am not sure what you are looking for in these submissions, so I will simply suggest something I read recently that I liked. There was a blog post on Huffington Post recently called “Why you aren’t married” which apparently caused a stir – even my husband Joe came across it and liked it. Humorous in a biting sort of way. Author is Tracy McMillan. So I got a copy of the author’s recent book “I Love You But I’m Leaving You Anyway,” and read it on my Kindle. It’s definitely a “chick” read, but it has a lot of interesting themes. It’s a memoir of a young woman who grows up with alot of strikes against her, but she manages, in spite of a prostitute mother and a father who is in prison for dealing drugs and pimping, and growing up in foster care, etc. to come to grips with her life. Oh, and 3 marriages. She spends alot of time examining her own motivations for why she is drawn to men who fail her. The journey is a bit bumpy but the end result is hopeful. Some people will find this book too self-absorbed, but I liked it.