During this time in our history and this season [COVID, vitriolic disunity in our country, sadness & anxiety] I find that I am able to read literature during the day time. The evening is reserved from pure adventure as far from real life as possible ( See, Part 1).
The craft of writing beautiful memoir, fiction, and narrative non-fiction is one to which I aspire. My pithy blog scribbling pales in comparison to what I share here. The titles with an asterisks * are the only ones I have read thus far; I am looking forward to reading the rest during July and August. I hope you find at least one of interest during this season of hard living, my friend.
NOTE: I did leave these on the porch for two days and then wipe down each one with disinfectant before reading
- *Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter: a personal story of remembrance and war, 1937-1948. I cannot recommend this memoir enough, especially as we face our daily struggles. The courage and dedication of those within these pages is inspiring.
- Terrible Virtue: a novel by Ellen Feldman is historical fiction of the life of Margaret Sanger.
With this source I tried ever so hard to stay away from mystery as they offer an abundance. Sometimes, I need to stretch beyond the whodunit genre; I have with these:
- *The Book of Speculation: a novel by Erika Swyler is a most unusual tale with intertwining stories. Who can resist a Long Island setting, a library, mermaids, and circus life? It is reminiscent, ONLY in feeling and the peculiar story line, of The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.
- Miranda Emmerson’s Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
- Bradford Morrow’s The Prague Sonata
The following titles I chose for the husband, as he prefers non-fiction. Know this, however. I chose titles I would like too!
- Dark Water: Art, disaster, and the redemption of Florence by Robert Clark
- The Longest Line On the Map: the United States, the Pan-American highway and the quest to link the Americas by Eric Rutkow
Dark Water is especially one I look forward to as a few entries on my Zia Clara in Italy blog speak of this horrific flood while my zia and sister were living in Italy in 1966-1967 : The devastation and No water.