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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
Although these two books couldn’t be more different, I was reading both at the same time and finished them within a day of each other.
This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage is a book of essays by Ann Patchett, author of several best-selling novels, bookstore co-owner, and also the author of Truth and Beauty, her memoir of her friendship with the late Lucy Grealy. Patchett’s novels are often kind of hit-and-miss for me, but I loved Truth and Beauty and was anxious to get my hands on her latest collection of nonfiction. Happily, it didn’t disappoint! I loved every essay included in this book, but my favorites were her accounts of going on book tours, her experiences with helping an elderly nun make her way to independence outside of the convent walls, her description of going through the testing procedure to become a member of the LAPD, her account of how and why she became a co-owner of a bookstore in Tennessee, and her essay about her beloved dog, Rose. That last one had me literally crying while trying to read and hug my cats at the same time. I borrowed this book from the library, but will be buying my own copy at some point because I know I’ll want to re-read several of these essays again and again.
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison is a psychological thriller that has been compared to Gone Girl, which I also enjoyed. It’s told from alternating viewpoints (a technique I love when it’s done well), it deals with a relationship gone horribly wrong, and it contains several plot twists that I thought were wonderful. This is an example of a book where the characters were not particularly likeable (especially the husband—I haven’t read a character that I disliked so much in quite awhile) yet the writing kept propelling me along, and I find myself continuing to think about the characters several days after finishing the book—and that’s the sign of a good writer.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I just started Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker and am only a few dozen pages into it. It’s in the true crime genre, which I enjoy but haven’t read much of lately. It’s the story of the search for a Long Island serial killer who targeted prostitutes/escorts who found their customers on Craigslist. So far the writing is quite compelling and, although it sure isn’t typical holiday reading, I’m looking forward to getting back into this book later today.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea! I just picked up seven books from the library yesterday (don’t you HATE it when all the books you’ve reserved come in at once?) and I don’t have a clue about what I’ll be in the mood to read next–possibly something a bit lighter after all the murder and mayhem.
How about you? Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? Please share!