These are hard times. Give your mind and spirit a break with this bouquet of bookish delights.
Have you read any of these books? Want to recommend them? Are you finding new titles for your To Be Read list?
Plunge into a good book. What else is summer for?
Audiobooks and me: we were not an obvious fit. We did not meet cute. We got together warily and over time, like a Jane Austen couple.
My first experience with an audiobook was in the mid-1980s, when someone gave me a cassette tape of the actress Claire Bloom reading A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Listening to that tape was like sitting under a waterfall of gorgeous language, with Bloom’s voice giving the words just enough edge to remind you that beautiful things can be dangerous.
Thank you for this wonderful book pairing, Goffstown, NH public library!
And thank you, Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, for discussing Her Own Vietnam in your Military Affairs book group on June 15th! (Come join us if you’re in DC.)
My novel, Her Own Vietnam, is going to be an audiobook! It will be available in July through Audible.com.
And I’m thrilled to tell you that the book will be narrated by – or, more accurately, performed by – Robin Miles, the multiple-award-winning audiobook narrator, director, and actress.
That strange sound you hear is me, squealing like a fangirl. It’s very unbecoming.
A drought, an unwelcome surprise, and other bookish updates.
The book drought is over
Photo: Girla Obscura
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