Where the hell have I been?
Well, I finished Middlemarch about a month ago-divine, amazing, on my list of top 10 books. If you’re a Thomas Hardy fan, read this book. Now.
I’m reading a really lovely book, The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison. It’s her reflections of motherhood as she approaches being an empty nester. It’s been calming and refreshing to read how another mother looks back on the craziness of having kids as home and how wonderful those ordinary days are and can be.
I just read Pam Houston’s new book Contents May Have Shifted and was floored. It was amazing. It’s fiction and follows the narrator through her life’s realizations about her bad relationships, her own history, her beautiful and amazing friendships, and her travels of the world. It all seems a little scattered at first but I enjoyed that. It all comes together or did for me. Moments of perfection in this book-go get a copy. I found it similar to Dave Eggers or Alexandra Fuller or Kazuo Ishiguro or Donna Tartt in scope, feeling, smarts, and in mood.
Am a quarter of the way into Middlemarch by George Elliot-it’s lovely and sharp and I look forward to falling into it each day.
I just finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and really liked it. A great historical fiction book, perfect for people who loved Sarah’s Key or The Known World. It takes place in early ’40s Seattle and mid ’80s Seattle following the same narrator as he recalls the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II. He was Chinese and the son of immigrants who fell in love with a Japanese girl who was interred. The fact that this book touches on a subject few Americans are familiar with makes it a great book for discussion. I learned a lot about how that awful period affected average citizens.
I’m now reading Musicophilia by Oliver Sachs. A fabulous non-fiction look at the importance of music to humanity and how our brains can be so affected by music. I’m also just starting Pam Houston’s Contents May Have Shifted. This novel was recommended by a friend of mine who teaches with the author at UC-Davis. I can’t wait to dive in and tell you all about it.