|It's Monday! What Are You Reading?|
Last week I signed up for Bookjourney's Read-a-Long for Daphne du Mauier's Rebecca and began reading it in ebook. And most evenings I was reading aloud to my Mom At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon. I ordered Mom the Mitford book in both large print and recording from the library there so she could continue with it after I left.
I arrived home yesterday and between the trip prep, the travel, the catching up with Ed and Merlin, the unpacking and the catching up on sleep, there hasn't been time to read since Friday but I hope to do some catching up on that this week.
Besides those two novels which I will continue to read over the next week or three I will also return to the several non-fiction books I've had going for some time:
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Go by Les Edgerton
Get Your Loved One Sober by Robert Meyers
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Leher
But my main focus for the next few days is to finish reading and post a review for Joshua Henkin's The World Without You as this is the week it is scheduled to be released. I was really looking forward to this one as I loved his Matrimony. It has been meeting my expectations and was really hard to set aside for the trip prep etc.
It’s July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. But this is no ordinary holiday. The family has gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, an intrepid journalist and adventurer who was killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq.
The parents, Marilyn and David, are adrift in grief. Their forty-year marriage is falling apart. Clarissa, the eldest sibling and a former cello prodigy, has settled into an ambivalent domesticity and is struggling at age thirty-nine to become pregnant. Lily, a fiery-tempered lawyer and the family contrarian, is angry at everyone. And Noelle, whose teenage years were shadowed by promiscuity and school expulsions, has moved to Jerusalem and become a born-again Orthodox Jew. The last person to see Leo alive, Noelle has flown back for the memorial with her husband and four children, but she feels entirely out of place. And Thisbe —Leo’s widow and mother of their three-year-old son—has come from California bearing her own secret.
Set against the backdrop of Independence Day and the Iraq War, The World Without You is a novel about sibling rivalries and marital feuds, about volatile women and silent men, and, ultimately, about the true meaning of family.
My giveaway for Ben Kane's Spartacus the Gladiator is still going for a couple more days.
My blog tour review for The Concubine Saga by Lloyd Lofthouse went up last Tuesday.