This is precisely what I thought while looking at NPR’s website this week and loved their new addition to the Books page of “What We Are Reading This Week.” So, every Friday we hope to bring you a bit of what we are reading/watching and listening to this week. We have looked at our nightstands, book bags and coffee tables and here is a list of what is fascinating us for this week!
Fatal Journey The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson by Peter C. Mancall. (from cover: “A tale of mutiny and murder in the Arctic.”) In which Henry and his son are left to die in the north. It’s a bit dry but the story is such a good one that I persevere.
My book bag is toting around the audio book Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books not Bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson and my kitchen counter has another audio book The First Salute by Barbara Tuchman.
My nightstand is holding Vagrants by Yiyun Li; Lit: a Memoir by Mary Karr and Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
My coffee table has the DVD Grey Gardens waiting for me to watch!
Now all I need is time!
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz asks the question will Oscar be able to break the generations old curse that has haunted his family? Or is he fated to be as unhappy as they are? This won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008.
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier is what is on the coffee table by the fireplace. This is historic fiction concerning the lives of two 19th century women fossil hunters.
In my train tote bag Julia Gregson's The Water Horse which will be published in this country in the spring with the title Band of Angels. This one tells the story of Catherine Carreg who leaves her home in Wales to become a nurse in Scutari with Florence Nightingale.
She is one of my new favorite British writers. We all loved East of the Sun this summer!