Posted March 15, 2011 by
My editor called yesterday to tell me that she read my whole book in 3 days and loved it. Hearing her say that was the most validating experience I've had as a writer. Not to mention what a relief it was. I'd been literally having nightmares ever since I sent it off. She said lots of other good stuff too, including that it's going to be an easy edit. I hung up the phone with her and was like, "I'm really going to publish a book." It's still hard to wrap my head around.
Anyway, speaking of published books I thought I'd share some of the great stuff I've been reading lately. Be sure to leave a note in the comments with what you're reading — I'm always looking for new books!
Spring Reading List
Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones and Butter (memoir) — I'm about 2/3 of the way through this one right now and can already say that this will go down as one of my top favorite books of the year. Anthony Bourdain calls it one of the best food memoirs ever written, but it's much more than that. It's a story of a woman from an eclectic family trying to make her way in the world and finding her passion in the kitchen. The language is impossibly beautiful.
Dani Shapiro's Devotion (nonfiction/memoir) — I'll read anything by Dani Shapiro and her latest book is an elegant exploration of faith and her search for spirituality, especially as it relates to her family of origin and her chosen family of husband and son.
Hope Edelman's The Possibility of Everything (memoir) — I'm a big fan of Hope Edelman. She wrote a book called Motherless Daughters a decade ago that has been a sort of touchstone for me. This latest book of hers is a memoir about traveling to South America with her husband in search of an alternative cure for her ailing young daughter.
Jill Bialosky's History of a Suicide (memoir) — A beautiful memoir about a woman trying to sort through the suicide of her younger sister. Gorgeous writing, eviscerating subject.
Christiane Northrup's Mother-Daughter Wisdom (nonfiction) — I adore Northrup (who wrote Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom) and this has been a great read about how our health is connected to our feminine lineage. I'm always looking for interesting alternatives to the Western medical model and Northrup never fails to deliver exactly that.
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (fiction) — Greg convinced me to pick up the first book in this series and I fell right into the second and third on my own. So much more than a young adult series. These incredibly well-written books take place in a post-apocolyptic world, and center around a really strange and terrifying premise, the results of which are addictive to follow.
Caroline Leavitt's Pictures of You (fiction) — A really fantastic and suspenseful psychological drama. Explorations of marriage and relationships, grief and parenthood.
Mark Bittman's Food Matters (cooking/health) — I'm a huge fan of Mark Bittman (no-knead bread guy!) and his latest book is a look at how what we're eating impacts our bodies and our environment. There's been lots on this topic in the last few years but Bittman provides a ton of great recipes and a reasonable approach.
Darrin Strauss' Half a Life (memoir) — So in love with this memoir, which just won the NBCC award for autobiography. When the author was a teenager he accidentally hit a fellow student with his car, killing her. This book chronicles the impact this tragedy had on his life.
The following are books I'm about to read:
Jonathan Evison's West of Here (fiction) — Greg just read this and says, "this was easily one of the best novels I've read in the last five years. Absolutely epic."
Joyce Carol Oates' A Widow's Story (memoir) — Joyce Carol Oates + Grief? I'm in!
Jennifer Egan's A Visit From The Goon Squad (fiction) — Just won the NBCC award for fiction. Anyone I know who's read this says it's utterly fantastic.
Patti Smith's Just Kids (memoir) — Need I explain?
Allison Gilbert's Parentless Parents (nonfiction) — Just read about this author on Motherlode and can't wait to read this exploration on the impact that having no parents has on you as a parent. Right up my alley, huh?
I'll leave you with a look at what my daughter is reading these days.