Piles of Books: What I’m Reading Now
I’m a promiscuous reader, unfaithful to any one author or genre, and unwilling to read just one book at a time. Soon I plan to return to reviewing books on this blog, but in the meantime, here’s what books I’m reading now:
- Miss Alcott’s E-Mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds by Kit Bakke – This book falls under the “why didn’t I think of that?” category. Bakke and I share a fascination with Alcott, a woman well ahead of her time. Through the magic of story, Bakke manages somehow to reach Alcott by e-mail (Alcott receives the messages as handwritten letters) and they share a correspondence. This is particularly interesting given Bakke’s former role in the Weather Underground. I’m having trouble putting this one down!
- Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford – I think the title is a thorough description, wouldn’t you agree?
- The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner – This is a book for writers about writing and writers. It’s a good pick-me-up for when inevitable discouragement arises.
- The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem by Christopher Shein with Julie Thompson – Though I’m brand-new to the concepts of permaculture, I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, or perhaps spread the compost, because I believe that many of our world’s ills can be resolved with this approach to gardening, and to life.
Are you reading anything good these days? Do tell!