It's a sunny Sunday afternoon in Florida and we're in the middle of a long Memorial Day weekend. Life is feeling more normal again as most people we know have been vaccinated. Yesterday we had lunch (outdoors) with friends visiting from CT. Today we'll take dinner over to my FIL, and tomorrow will be a "day off" set aside for reading and relaxing.
Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
Last week I decided to change things up with some fun contemporary fiction. Like her earlier novel, Standard Deviation, Heiny’s characters are quirky and immensely likable. Chapters are titled by year and jump ahead 1-3 years from 2002 to 2019. It took a little longer than I would have liked to get into the story and fully appreciate the characters (close to 30%) but then I devoured the rest of the novel in an afternoon. I also loved the slightly offbeat humor and laughed out loud several times.
I've gravitated toward books written by doctors and therapists for as long as I can remember... books like Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, which was an audio favorite a couple of years ago. To be clear, Good Morning, Monster is a much heavier read. Therapist Catherine Gildiner chronicles her treatment of five patients with remarkable and inspirational recovery stories.
Their stories are tragic, and reading about such abuse and neglect is grueling. It's difficult to imagine how any child could endure so much, but all five patients had already demonstrated extraordinary strength by the time they arrive at therapy. It was interesting to see how treatment by a skilled therapist enabled these adults to come to terms with their trauma and move toward living happier lives.
This may not be a good choice for more sensitive readers, but I thought it was excellent.
What Kind of Woman: Poems by Kate Baer
I don't read much poetry, but really like this slim collection and will continue reading a few poems each day.
I started this novel on audio yesterday, but then decided to borrow the ebook as well. Lahiri's writing is, as always, beautiful. Whereabouts, written in Italian and translated by the author, is a series of short chapters or vignettes told in the first person by an unnamed woman. So far I am entranced...
About to start//
This author's debut novel, The Nest, was a solid 4-star read for me back in 2016. I have high hopes for this one, too.
That's my reading update for the past couple of weeks.
How are things with you? What have you been reading?