A drought, an unwelcome surprise, and other bookish updates.
The book drought is over
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I’ve been having trouble concentrating on reading since, oh, November 9th. Anyone else have that problem? Happily, I’ve recently started reading – and listening to – books again.
The most stunning read was a nonfiction book called Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Alexievich, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015. Continue reading →
Thoughts on reading, writing and social justice from Lynn Kanter, author of Her Own Vietnam. Join the conversation!
For a while now, I’ve been writing about outrage. It’s time to get back to books, if only for a moment.
I needed a thick, engrossing novel that would erase the rest of the world, and I’ve found it in The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. A young American woman named Alexandra Boyd flies to Bulgaria to teach English. The day she arrives, dazed with jet lag, she accidentally ends up with a piece of luggage belonging to an elderly Bulgarian couple and discovers, to her horror, that it holds someone’s ashes in an urn.
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