It's happened again. I have no book. I go to the bookstore and nothing jumps off the shelf and comes home with me. So, I need help.
Books I've read recently (almost always at the behest of others -HOW do you people keep up with this stuff???) and enjoyed include:
- The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Dynasty by Patricia Ebrey. It sounds more erudite than it was; it wasn't a dry read at all.
- The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd -definitely worth a read
- A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson. Her husband goes away on sabbatical for a year and she can't/won't go with him. Sound familiar?
- The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier- It's part thriller and part testament to the importance of memory. It's really good, if by that we mean that you keep thinking about it long after you've put it down.
So, what ideas do you have for me? I'm a desperate woman. Has anyone read Jimmy Carter's new book, Our Endangered Values? Check out this list for a wildly ethnocentric life-time reading plan. I'm afraid that, having been to one of those Great Books (must be capitalized and said in sonorous tones) colleges, this will not serve as an emergency reading plan. I'm only missing two or three books, and I know -I mean I really KNOW- that I can't make it through Pilgrim's Progress. It can't be done.