Circling the Sun, Book Recommendation

A Woman Who Attempts the Impossible Years ago, I fell in love with a movie called Out of Africa. It starred Robert Redford and Meryl Streep and was about the relationship of safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and author Karen Blixen, who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen in 1920s colonial Kenya. A woman onContinue reading “Circling the Sun, Book Recommendation”

Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016

Georgia I remember the first time I came across Georgia O’Keeffe in high school art class. Her paintings of Southwestern-themed landscapes and cow skulls made an impression, but the color-saturated forms of her flower close-ups are images I can still see in my head. Her work is unique, brilliant. I love her poppies, their giganticContinue reading “Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016”

My 5 Favorite Books of 2015

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. —Frederick Douglass Given my love of reading and books, I read a lot. When I’m in the middle of a book I can’t put down, I read and read and walk around with my book, stirring pots of food for my family’s dinner, reading andContinue reading “My 5 Favorite Books of 2015”

Watching for the Light

“The time is being fulfilled and the light shall shine, perhaps just when it seems to us that the darkness is impenetrable.” – Eberhard Arnold There is something about this time of year in the depths of December when the winter solstice weighs on the Northern Hemisphere. My friend Lindsey Mead writes extensively about theContinue reading “Watching for the Light”

The Lake House by Kate Morton, my favorite book of 2015

The Lake House I didn’t set out trying to find my favorite book of 2015 — I’ve read a lot of good books lately. Several I’ve considered favorites. But then I picked up Kate Morton’s latest novel and by the time I finished, I knew I’d found it, one I authentically loved and couldn’t waitContinue reading “The Lake House by Kate Morton, my favorite book of 2015”

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We Never Asked for Wings The very first book I recommended at GreatNewBooks.org was The Language of Flowers. It was Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel and it had hit me hard – so much so that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s one of my favorite contemporary novels. For those of you who haven’t readContinue reading “We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh”

The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars   It’s rare to find a book I know IContinue reading “The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read”