Thanks to Harry, I've been able to get out for an hour or so of reading at the coffeeshop most days lately. Pure bliss!
First, I read Barbara Kingsolver's new book, The Lacuna. It's a long, wonderful, involved book. Very different from her previous books -- historical fiction told from a male point of view. It's about the life of a half American, half Mexican writer who grows up in both countries but doesn't truly belong to either. When young, he works for artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo (worth reading just for the description of their lives!) who were providing asylum to Russian revolutionary Trotsky, and later moves to the US (Asheville, NC!). The book explores McCarthyism and the power of the media, among other themes. The Lacuna hasn't nudged Prodigal Summer off as my favorite Kingsolver book, but I still loved it.
After The Lacuna, I read Three Cups of Tea about Greg Mortenson and his work promoting peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan by building schools for children, especially girls. Peace through education. This is such an incredible story about the difference one person can make! Wow! I wish everyone would read this book!
Now I'm ready for another good book. Anything you've read -- new or old -- that you can recommend? It doesn't need to be as weighty as these two. In fact, maybe best if it's not. But any good book recommendations are welcome!
By the way, Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery is on my wish list (hoping to get it for Christmas!). If you want to see what else is on my wish list, take a look at Pretty Mommy's Artsy Moms' Gift Guide.