Here’s what I’m reading now.

9322165127_fc89a6ab18The reviewers keep comparing THE SILENT WIFE to GONE GIRL, and while I understand the thread of the connection, this book doesn’t remind me all that much of GONE GIRL …. except that I can’t put the damn thing down.  It’s a well-written, smart, slow-burning psychological thriller, the best I’ve read this year.  If you’re not reading it yet, you should be.

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Black-Beauty-The-Autobiograph

I’m rereading BLACK BEAUTY, my favorite book when I was 10 and 11 years old.  We’d rented a farm house and the owners kept their horses — two Tennessee Walkers and a Quarter Horse — out back and I pretty much lived in the pasture and barn with them.  I must have read this book 20 times that year.  How could I have forgotten it’s written in Black Beauty’s voice, a memoir?

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bae2013Last year’s collection was a little dry for me.  Not this year.  You’ll know what I mean when you see Cheryl Strayed’s introduction, which says in part:  the invisible, unwritten last line of every essay should be “and nothing was ever the same again.”  By which I mean the reader should feel the ground shift, if even only a bit, when he or she comes to the end of the essay.  Also, there should be something at stake in the writing of it.  Or, better yet, everything.

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17612712The role of women in Hitler’s Germany.  It’s been a long time since I’ve read a good, original nonfiction account World War II.  This one is a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, and it’s written as the author’s quest to find out “how in the hell did that happen?”  An excellent story with frightening facts.

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What’s on your bedside table this Fall?

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