What’s on my nightstand?

It’s been a bit of a wild reading ride recently, mainly because we’re in the middle of some home renovations and I’m also trying to get some progress on my genealogical work. But there’s always time at the end of the day (or on the subway) for a good book.

I’m finishing up Howards End. 

  1. Howards End by E.M.Forster –  I wanted to have it read before the TIFF screening yesterday, at which James Ivory was interviewd by Eleanor Wachtel as part of their Books in Film series. But I didn’t quite make it through, so that has to be number 1 on my list (and in my bag.)
  2. The Outsourced Self: Intimate LIfe in Market Times by Arlie Russell Hochschild. – I’m about a third of the way through this fascinating look at the impact on family life of the outsourcing of what were traditional family/village tasks. Online dating, wedding planning, childcare, cleaning, personal coaching, etc all fall under the authors eye.  
  3. The Cure for Grief by Nellie Hermann – This is our July book club pick. I don’t know much about it, but it was highly recommended by one of our members.
  4. And the Pursuit of Happiness by Moira Kalman. – This graphic novel is (I believe) an investigation into democracy. I’ve checked it out of the library a couple of times before but have never gotten to it.
  5. Aerogrammes and Other Stories by Tania James – A book of short stories recommended in the NYT Book section
  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Our August book club pick, and a response to my suggestion that we choose books that put us outside our comfort zone. I’m not a big fantasy reader, and a couple of our members thought that this would be a good place to start. I picked up a paperback at Value Village, but the print is too small and the contrast too low, so I’ve downloaded it onto my Kindle.

How do books get there? Mainly recommendations from friends, book reviews in one of the papers I read, online at places like Book Riot, and of course, the book club. I also like to read books from anyplace I’m planning to travel, although we don’t have much coming up, vacation-wise. I don’t browse in bookstores or the library much…I have a huge hold list (sourced from the above) so I’ve always got books being fed to me.

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