Slow Down, Be Still: A Week of Bed Rest and Unexpected Joys

Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.      – Doe Zantamata … So does a trip to the emergency room, or three trips to the emergency room within a week. The past two weeks have been much different than what I had imagined. I spent this past week on prescribed bed rest, whichContinue reading “Slow Down, Be Still: A Week of Bed Rest and Unexpected Joys”

Must-Read Memoir: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance I might know a thing or two about being a hillbilly. Much of my growing up took place in the Ozarks of Arkansas catching crawdads and eating black-eyed peas at school lunch, and my parents live in the mountains of rural Tennessee. So, when I had dinner recently with aContinue reading “Must-Read Memoir: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance”

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly I am always on the lookout for a great new book – whether it’s at the bookstore, through a Goodreads email, or when friends talk about books they love. This time around for my recommendation at GreatNewBooks.org, I went back and forth on several books, especially one that isContinue reading “Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly”

Must-Read Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Here in the United States, it is sometimes difficult to imagine a life much different than what we have the privilege to live. When we are hungry, we go to the grocery store and can choose to buy whatever fresh fruits or vegetables, fresh meats, ice cream, processedContinue reading “Must-Read Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles”

Great Reads Fiction: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kettler

Recommendation for and also published at GreatNewBooks.org The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kettler I love finding a book that is impossible to put down, especially when it’s fun to read and the story sweeps me into the pages. But it’s rare to find a book that is not only unputdownable, but also beautifullyContinue reading “Great Reads Fiction: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kettler”

Great Reads Fiction: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey I became a fan of Eowyn Ivey’s fiction after Jessica Vealitzek recommended The Snow Child at GreatNewBooks.org, which also became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. When I heard about Ivey’s second novel, To the Bright Edge of the World, I picked it up soon afterContinue reading “Great Reads Fiction: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey”

Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde

“The artist appeals to that part of our being …which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring.” – Joseph Conrad In January, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC, on the art of creative living. I loved it, made notes, shared it at GreatNewBooks.org, and noted one of the booksContinue reading “Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde”

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird This summer, I’ve read several books and listened to a few of them on audio (which is a new experience). Reading, to me, is one of the great pleasures of summer. LastContinue reading “The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro”

New Favorite Book: It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

It’s What I Do Sometimes, in all the fiction reading, I need to seek out something real–a true-to-life story, one that inspires me, gives fresh perspective, and reminds me of the wider world beyond my current Ohio town. Though it fixed itself upon my reading radar many months ago, I finally picked up a copyContinue reading “New Favorite Book: It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario”