After last week’s snow, a computer fatality and a Federal Holiday, I was unable to let you all know what it was we have been enjoying. But hopefully we are back on track now!
Here is a sampling of what we have been sampling!
I spent my Monday off reading the latest offering by Cathleen Schine, The Three Weissmanns of Westport. I have always loved her writing; she is one of those quiet craftsmen who does not crank out a book every 6 months, but rather takes her time bringing forth wonderful literary novels that sparkle. In her latest she takes on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and places it 200 years into the future and a few miles up the road in neighboring Westport. Truly, this is wonderful. It is funny and touching and you need to read this.
I am also reading The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. Why did artist and professor Robert Oliver attack a painting in the National Gallery? And why is he in possession of the letters of Beatrice de Cleval, the Impressionist painter and her mentor Olivier Vignot? This is a big fat historical novel that I am enjoying very much.
Barbara cannot seem to leave the court of Henry VIII behind and is tackling Alison Weir’s latest work of nonfiction: The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn. Barbara reports that she is enjoying it very much but it is scholarly in nature and not exactly an easy read. But she is finding it rewarding nonetheless.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann. In 1925 British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett and his son Jack set off to find out if the City of Z was fact or myth. They never returned but they did fire up the curiosity of countless others who also ventured into the rain forest seeking the same answers.
Is LOVING one of our favorites, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. She wants everyone to know that while she is not a fiction reader, she started this one on the train last night and was up til 2 in the morning reading and cannot wait to get back to it.
Pat can be seen driving around town listening to one of our favorites from the summer East of the Sun. She pronounces it, “excellent.” What is in her book bag? Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler! Liam Pennywell is having a rather bad time of it. He has lost his job and after an attack in his apartment his memory. Can he get his memory back? And what is up with his new relationship with Eunice, the fashion disaster?
We wish you all a wonderful weekend!