It's hard to believe January is ending. What a month, right? From the horror of the Capitol Insurrection, to the hope of the Inauguration, to the reality of a deep partisan divide in Washington and across the country, and a pandemic that is far from under control... there is an awful lot of work ahead. I pray we're all up to the task.
It's been a good week here... very chilly (for Florida) though. I actually wore gloves on my walk a couple of mornings ago! We saw my FIL twice (outdoors and socially distant) and he continues to improve. I attended a couple of virtual bookish events. Both were excellent, and I really hope these continue after the pandemic.
This book was published ten years ago. Why has it taken me this long to pick it up? At over 600 pages, it's certainly a time commitment... but it's excellent. I'm nearly 40% into this read/listen combination.
This Week's Bookish Events//
The T Book Club: A Conversation on ‘The Custom of the Country’ with author Claire Messud. The T Book club is sponsored by NYTimes T Magazine and consists of a series of articles and then a discussion about a classic work of American literature. Ideally, participants read the novel and articles prior to the event.
For this event, features director Thessaly LaForce introduced Messud, who gave a presentation on the novel. The comment box was open to participants who typed questions or made comments the entire time. Afterwards, the two chat, and LaForce posed questions raised by the audience. You can view the 45-minute presentation here... you may need to be a NYTimes subscriber.
The next selection, Passing by Nella Larsen, will be discussed March 9 and features Brit Bennett.
Doubleday presented Two Writers Talking: Family Secrets with Bob Kolker and Dani Shapiro. This was such an interesting discussion! Bob Kolker is the author of Hidden Valley Road (which I have not read) and Dani Shapiro is the author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, which was my favorite nonfiction read of 2019. The event was free. You can find out about other events by visiting Knopf Doubleday's virtual events landing page.
On the blog// Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 Author Discoveries
Books Read in January//
Rachel to the Rescue by Elinor Lipman 3.5/5
A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsey 4/5
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio 4.5/5
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole 3/5
The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington 4.5/5
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton (reread) 5/5
February Reading, Tentative Plans//
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Shelf subscription selection (can't wait to see what it is!)
Middlemarch by George Eliot (reread)
In the kitchen//
My sister sent me this recipe for Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken and I had to try it right away because... bacon! It was really good, but probably more of an appetizer than dinner. I could picture serving these on wooden skewers at a cocktail party... remember those?!? I dialed back the spice a little bit, too.
I made this Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread because my FIL likes something sweet for breakfast a few times a week. It was quick and easy, and I don't think you even need the glaze. I needed to bake it for a few minutes longer than suggested.
So that was my week. How was yours? What have you been reading?