A Twitter-inspired look at books I’ve been reading recently. (And here’s what I read last month.) What’s on your bookshelf these days?
This is Where I Leave You / Jonathan Tropper
A book club pick from before I joined the group. Witty, poignant and raw, it reads like it’ll be made into a movie (which it was). I disliked the narrator quite a bit, but still enjoyed the book.
Defending Jacob / William Landay
Part legal thriller and part family drama. Full of secrets, twists, and the unconditional love of a father. A dark story, but one that captivates.
Olive Kitteridge / Elizabeth Strout
A languidly slow, rich book – Strout wrote stories to savor. This book is ordinary, and it is precisely that which makes it so beautiful and so exceptional. Olive Kitteridge was awarded a Pulitzer Prize – a courageous decision.
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking / Anya von Bremzen
Digging in to Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is not for the faint of heart – it’s a bit on the long side, rich with Soviet history and filled with family memories and descriptions of meals that will make you want to go make a snack right now. With mayonnaise. I absolutely loved it.