Sunday, January 10, 2016

Casting about for a book to read?

Here is an interesting list of 80 books. Published at Esquire and selected by eight well-known writers, these are titles that the writers suggest that everyone should read.

If you are looking for something to read today, why not start with Louise Erdrich's novel The Round House? In the Esquire list The Round House is suggested by Roxanne Gay; and it is highly recommended reading by me. The book also won the National Book Award for Fiction. Check it out!

Here's hoping you have a good book to read on this chilly Sunday in January.

The Hallelujah Saguaro
by Amy S Dixon

Friday, January 8, 2016

Short Takes: Trapeze by Simon Mawer.

In Trapeze, a young woman is recruited by the British to act as a spy in France during World War II. After a long build-up - during which she undergoes spy training, has a love affair, and begins to worry about the bomb - she finally parachutes into German occupied France and begins her missions. This part of the novel, where the protagonist is operating in France, is quite suspenseful. And the ending of the book was quite a surprise.

Much like I imagine the times themselves were, Trapeze is dark and tense. It is an interesting novel.


Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 New Year's Resolutions

How are you doing with your resolutions for 2016? I'm doing well with mine. Although my resolutions, move more and eat right, are fairly ordinary and don't demand an extreme effort. For something more substantive, I've looked to Maria Popova's article at Brain Pickings, 16 Elevating Resolutions by Some of Humanity's Greatest Minds.

The 16 resolutions on Popova's list are inspiring and the explanation for each is good reading. Check it out for a rich and fruitful year.

Sunrise over the mountains.