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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I’ve mentioned in several previous posts about how much I love Maeve Binchy’s novels, and how sad I was when she passed away a few years ago. Imagine my delight when I learned that a new Binchy book will be published in October 2014—and I was even more excited when I received an ARC! Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words is a collection of nearly 100 columns that were originally published in The Irish Times, starting in the 1960s and continuing through 2011. Presented in chronological order, these pieces offer a whole new glimpse into Binchy’s writing style. I had no idea that she had been a columnist at all, and I devoured this book over a couple of marathon reading sessions last weekend. The topics range from humorous slices of life, to character sketches, to news reporting, to controversial opinion pieces. The only thing that tripped me up a bit was the very frequent use of Irish slang and terminology, which I don’t recall encountering too much in her novels. However, this makes total sense in that her columns were most likely intended exclusively for local Irish readers, while she must have known that her novels would find an international audience. I loved this book, and am so glad that her fans will soon have the chance to experience a new side of this beloved author!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I’m a huge American history fan—especially books about the Presidents and their families. The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence by Robert Klara covers a period of presidential history that’s pretty much unknown. In 1948 it was discovered that the White House was in dire need of repair—in fact, most of the architects called in to assess the situation were surprised that the building hadn’t already collapsed. As a result, the White House was essentially gutted and completely rebuilt over the next several years—with only the outer shell remaining. This book tells the story of how it happened. The history geek in me is really enjoying this book so far!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea!
How about you? What are you reading these days? Please share!