Books Read January 1–June 1
- The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (Melanie Benjamin)****
- Blue Shoe (Anne Lamott)****
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (Truman Capote)***
- City of Thieves (David Benioff)****
- Crucible, The (Arthur Miller)****
- The Dovekeepers (Alice Hoffman)****
- Expecting Adam (Martha Beck)*****
- The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)*****
- Interred with Their Bones (Jennifer Carrell)*
- Mad Girls in Love (Michael Lee West)**
- Moonflower Vine (Jetta Carleton)****
- Noah's Compass (Anne Tyler)***
- Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline)***
- Other Voices, Other Rooms (Truman Capote)***
- Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)****
- Secret Keeper (Kate Morton)****
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey****
- Story of Beautiful Girl (Rachel Simon)*****
- Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Brontë)*****
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) Multiple re-read
- Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)*****
- What Alice Forgot (Lianne Moriarty)****
Best Books So Far
- Unbroken: an absolutely stunning novel about survival and resilience during WWII (nonfiction)
- The Story of Beautiful Girl: Absolutely mesmerizing story of Lynnie, a beautiful inmate at the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded; Homan, a deaf man who is also locked away there; and Martha, a widow in her 70s who becomes tangled in their lives.
- Expecting Adam: Martha and John, young Harvard graduate students, find out the life-changing news: their unborn baby, a boy, has Down Syndrome. They are shocked beyond words. This is Harvard, the land of geniuses and IQs off the charts. There is no room in Harvard for anything "less" than "perfect." Terminate now, they are told over and over again. This is their family's beautiful story. (memoir)
- And, well, of course I have to add To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read again while teaching American Lit. It just never loses it's magic for me.
The good: What Alice Forgot. I almost put this one back on the shelf because the jacket description sounded silly, but I absolutely loved this story of what we'd like to keep forgotten.
The bad: Other Voices, Other Rooms. I've been wanting to read this Truman Capote novel for decades—since singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith came out with her album by the same name. She's holding a copy of the novel on the album cover. (Yes, I know there aren't "albums" anymore, but you know what I mean.) I was pretty disappointed in this short novel, which I actually bought with delight at Shakespeare and Co. Bookseller while we were in Paris.
What have you been reading lately? For even more ideas, check out my Best of the Years page on SmallWorld Reads.