The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin- a book about books, about readers, about a bookstore owner in a charming little town, but most of all, about love, family and community. This may not be a hard book to read but it’s a pleasure.
Delancey by Molly Wizenberg- for anyone who has ever dreamt of starting a restaurant (or any other small business), this is what it is like, told by frank, disarming and totally engaging author of the blog Orangette. She and her husband opened Delancey, an acclaimed pizza restaurant in Seattle, shortly after they married, with no experience and very little money. How it changed their marriage and their lives is fascinating and ultimately, heartwarming. Molly’s delicious recipes follow each chapter.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler- I loved this first novel so, so much. The author vividly captures life in the rural Midwest, a land of farmers, dying businesses and wide open space. Four old friends and a woman that they are all entwined with alternate chapters as they grow up, experience failure and wild success, marry, have children and betray each other. I couldn’t put this down. It’s a warm, funny read that also brought tears to my eyes.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- up next. Three book industry friends swore to me that this was their favorite book of 2014 so far, so I’m giving it a shot. I’ve never read the author’s work and I’m looking forward to this.
I know I still haven’t written about The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s probably worthy of its own post. In hindsight I decided that I both enjoyed it more upon reflection than I did when I was reading it, and also that I still prefer her first book, The Secret History. I also re-read Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill. I posted about it last year (along with the sweetest photo of me and a nine-day-old Gabe!) and loved it twice as much a second time. Her words are sparse and lovely and she nails the minutiae of motherhood and marriage.
What are you reading?