Good morning! It's morning, I promise, even though it looks like the dead of night outside. (Also, just for the record, we took a walk to the park at 6pm on Monday in t-shirts with no coats. So I'm not mad at daylight savings.) I'm more excited about this whole stack of books than I've been in quite some time, and I'm pretty thrilled that all but one of them were written by women. Hooray!
I'm just about to finish The Good Lord Bird, and oh my is it fantastic. It won The National Book Award for fiction in 2013, which is why I checked it out, and I have to say, it's been a delightful/devastating read. I've found myself justifying "just one more chapter" constantly since I started this one, because it's just so perfectly paced. Plus, what do you know about John Brown? Recommend. Highly.
Lorrie Moore's Bark just came out a few weeks ago, but I've had a hold on it for months. Her collection of short stories, Birds of America, was one of the first to really get my attention a few years ago, when I was discovering the library again as a grown-up. I think she's the bee's knees, and I can't wait to dive in to this new collection.
Hannah recommended Bread & Wine, and I've been wanting to read one of Shauna Niequist's books for a while. From what I've heard, this book is about food and community and faith and how they all intersect and keep us connected. Sounds like it's right up my alley.
I haven't ever read anything by Jhumpa Lahiri, though I own a copy of The Namesake. I've heard good things about The Lowland, though, so I'm hoping to get through it before I have to return it. The large type version seems to be in demand, based on the number of renewals they gave me. I think the cat may be out of the bag about large type versions.
And finally, Flora and Ulysses is the newest novel from our newest National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Kate DiCamillo. You may know Kate DiCamillo as the author of Because of Winn-Dixie, but every one of her books is outstanding. I've read them all as an adult and absolutely loved them. They make me feel the sort of wonder I felt on Christmas Eve when I was a kid, the same sort I felt when I read Harry Potter as a college student. They're outstanding. So you can imagine how excited I am to read this new one.
Have you read any of these? Do you want to? What are your thoughts?
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