This week I’m reading too many books.
It’s all the fault of Boulder Public Library. Suddenly a large number of the books I’d requested over the last few weeks/months arrived, all at once. There were books read about (in The New York Times, London Review of Books etc), heard about (on NPR, recommended by friends & colleagues), remembered from some distant time. They all go on my “Holds” list, and eventually they all turn up. Books borrowed, unlike books bought, have to be read on some kind of realistic timescale which is why this week I find myself simultaneously reading:
Katherine Boo – behind the beautiful forevers: life, death & hope in a mumbai undercity
Because I know Mumbai and I like non-fiction that reads like a novel and was wonderfully reviewed everywhere.
For something I’m writing on Existential thought & journal therapy
Ellen Ullman – By Blood
A novel in which a professor eavesdrops on his psychoanalyst neighbour and her client. It turns out to be a search for birth mother narrative & a holocaust narrative… and identity & SanFrancisco
Because I thought I remembered something but I haven’t found it yet.
Elizabeth Weil – No cheating, no dying; I had a good marriage. Then I tried to make it better.
Because it sounded interesting on NPR…….It turns out to be an Eat Pray Love kind of book where the author undertakes various experiences in order to write a book.
So many books (and that’s not counting the ones I was reading before) – I wonder how they’ll all end (or if I’ll find out before they have to be returned). And I need to get on before the next lot of requests arrive…..
What are you reading that you recommend I add to my list?
Thank you, libraries, I couldn’t have supported my lifelong reading habit without you. That’s something I got from my father.
Here’s a journal prompt I’ve adapted from one or more of the books above:
My parents had given me what they’d known to give: eight weeks of summer overnight camp, a good education, unconditional love and trust.
What did you get from your parents?
Write it in the form of an unsent letter. [What’s the First rule of Unsent Letters? That’s right, they never-ever get sent.]