That reading journey's not been going so well. I thought perhaps old age was slowing me down, or the hot summer. But a friend suggested it was just gravity pulling the blood from my head, so maybe I'll lie down... with a good book of course. Anyway, I'll post a list of my latest reads and reviews in a moment. In the meantime, I just want to announce that, after enjoying my interview with author Mary Russel so much, I'm hosting another author interview, this time with Cheryl Snell, author of Shiva's Arms.
I read Shiva's Arms a few weeks ago, so it doesn't really count towards my latest reading journeys. It's a great book though, a beautiful cross-cultural story of an American woman married to an Indian man, of the way cultural mistakes complicate emotions, and accident hurts tear people apart. It's a hopeful tale too, of torn threads woven together. And it's a musical tale where the words carry the scents and sights and sounds bringing them to glorious life. You'll have to read my review of Shiva's Arms on gather to find out more, or better still, buy the book.
More recent reads include:
Words for the Taking, by Neal Bowers, a surprisingly fascinating account of how one poet was plagiarized and set off in search of this invader of treasured memories.
Sing them Home, by Stephanie Kallos, is a beautiful literary novel, set in a small Nebraska with delightfully musical Welsh roots, telling of a family torn apart by tornados--those of life and those of nature--and how songs sung for the dead bring them back together.
Out of the Transylvania Night, by Aura Imbarus, is the most amazing book--a memoir that starts in Romania and travels to Los Angeles, of a life that starts in being different and wanders through being the same to being whole. I love it, and I just heard that it's been nominated for a Pulitzer!
A Boy and His Wizard, by M. A. Smith, is a fun little tale told in well-seasoned rhyme with delightful illustrations and a lovely lesson for young readers to glean, first in a series with the second one (Boy and his Lizard) coming soon.
And Deception, by Lee Nichols, is aimed at someone older readers, giving an interesting twist to the paranormal teenager stories with a protagonist who's not sure why she sees people that aren't there. It promises to be another fun series to follow.
I've just finished Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry, so I'll plan to post a review of that soon. And I'm currently reading Hungry Spirits, by Alice Duncan, and The Last Estate, by Conor Bowman.
Don't forget to drop by tomorrow for Cheryl's interview. Her book is fascinating and a delight to read. I'm sure her interview will be too.