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For so many different reasons, I’m happy to see the start of a new month and especially one that will bring Spring to us. Winter is my least favorite time of the year and this one has felt relentlessly long. Uncertainty has dominated in so many areas: the elections, the economy, and now the growing concern over the Corona virus outbreak. I stopped by Costco on Saturday afternoon and it was every bit as crowded as the day before Thanksgiving, with people’s carts loaded high with cases of water and all sorts of other supplies. This particular Spring may be a bit of a tough go. Happily, for all of us there’s always books to hide away with!
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Last Week’s Reads
- I found Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel to be a nice little respite from my usual reading. One of those books with no particularly likable characters, I never-the-less liked the game of cat-and-mouse played by this mother-daughter duo both set on revenge. I’ll have a mini-review later this month.
- I’m a little on the old side to have ever been a huge fan of Jessica Simpson, but that didn’t stop me from being a fan of her memoir, Open Book. Clearly, Jessica is a woman who knows herself well and is willing to put herself out there, flaws and all. For me, that’s the very best sort of memoir, plus she was terrific on audio. Mini-review later this month.
Book I Could NOT Finish
- I tried but couldn’t get past 19% in The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian. I had decided to give him one last shot after not caring for either of his last two books, but this one seemed to be going down the same out-there thriller path and I was unwilling to devote any more time to it. Sadly, I think this may be it for Bohjalian books and me.
- On a bit of a whim I had requested a copy of Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman. After quitting on The Red Lotus, I thought I’d give it a quick try, not really expecting much. What a mistake! I quickly fell under the spell of this funny book about a couple trying to prevent divorce (which has plagued their friends) by sleeping with others. I only have about 20% to go and can’t wait to get back to it.
- The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power’s memoir, has become my audiobook to listen to between other audiobooks. It’s very long, so I knew couldn’t do it all in one shot. I like it, but will likely put it aside again whenever the advanced copies of a couple other audiobooks I’m waiting on become available. With 18 hours still to go, it might take me months to get through this one.
Likely to Read Next
- I loved TaraShea Nesbit’s debut, The Wives of Los Alamos, so have been looking forward to reading Beheld. A reimagining of Plymouth 10-years after first being founded, and told from the points of view of two very different women seems like a lot, but I trust Nesbit’s ability to really give them voice.
- I can’t say it better than the publisher: “The Shape of Family is a novel about race and culture, parents and siblings, marriage and love, but most of all, it’s about finding hope after darkness.”