With my son being gone to boot camp and all the horrific news in the world, I’m still trying to carve out some sort of normalcy. I do have another place I can vent but it won’t be here in front of the house.
So, we shall continue….
This week, I’m having a theme on my Facebook page. Books!
I’ll share with you what I have recently read, what I’m reading now, and what I have next on my list. Recently, I’ve been on a creative nonfiction kick. I suppose I read it for a couple of reasons – a) I love a true and good fascinating story and b) it is what I’d like to try to write for myself.
On with the list….
I just finished up Neil White’s In The Sanctuary of Outcasts. I met Neil White back in 2011 at a writing workshop and I had the pleasure of seeing him again in Memphis this past weekend. I got him to sign my copy. Neil White spent a year in Carville, Louisiana and in a prison for committing “white collar” crime. He had been kiting checks to keep his business open. But he was sent to an unusual prison. This particular prison “camp” shared the home to the last U.S. colony of people disfigured by leprosy. Neil’s transformation takes him from being the young professional elitist yuppie to a genuine humility and life changing way of living and thinking.
Currently, I am reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest work of fiction – The Signature of All Things. I’ll be honest. While I love Elizabeth Gilbert and her writing, when I first heard about this book, I was not impressed. But then I bought it because I am still a big fan. And of course, wouldn’t you know it, the writing is brilliant, the story lures you in. I’m not through with the book yet but what I’ve read so far, it’s a great read.
The next few books are ones I’d like to read next.
The Read Leather Diary by Lily Koppel
For more than half a century, the red leather diary languished inside a steamer trunk. Rescued from a Dumpster on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, it found its way to Lily Koppel, a young writer, who opened its tarnished brass lock and journeyed into an enthralling past. The diary painted a breathtaking portrait of a bygone New York—of glamorous nights at El Morocco and elegant teas at Schrafft’s during the 1920s and ’30s—and of the headstrong, endearing teenager who filled its pages with her hopes, heartaches, and vivid recollections. Intrigued, Koppel followed her only clue, a frontispiece inscription, to its now ninety-year-old owner, Florence Wolfson, and was enchanted as Florence, reunited with her diary, rediscovered a lost younger self burning with artistic fervor.
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Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julie Child by Noel Riley Fitch
Julia Child entered the lives of millions of Americans with her bestselling cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking; her popular and long-running cooking show, The French Chef; and her beloved memoir, My Life in France. In this intimate and revealing biography, based on exclusive interviews and scores of private letters and diaries, Noel Riley Fitch leads us through her incredible life.
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Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart
New York City, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend, Marty Garrett, arrive fresh from the Kappa house at the University of Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls. Turned away from the top department stores, they miraculously find jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., becoming the first women to ever work on the sales floor, a diamond-filled day job replete with Tiffany-blue shirtwaist dresses from Bonwit Teller’s—and the envy of all their friends.
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And of course, I’m always reading something by Nora Ephron, even if I’m re-reading something by her.