The Mayfield Library staff has continued its happy progress in reading for pleasure. Almost everyone has finished at least one book, and most are on book 2, 3, or 4. And most of us are reading more than one book at a time. So here are our updates. I hope you find something that will interest you as well.
Last week I read The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. If you haven’t heard of Wilson, he’s a quasi-local author (he teaches at Sewanee) and is — quite possibly — my favorite new author. The Family Fang — aptly deemed the literary equivalent of The Royal Tenenbaums — follows two grown children of avant-garde performance artists. Obviously, the children, Annie and Buster, aren’t the most well-adjusted grown-ups, their lives spin out of control, and they end up back at home where they unwittingly take part in their parents Swan Song (it’s really not as formulaic as I make it sound). I also highly recommend his equally inventive collection of short stories: Tunneling to the Center of the Earth — they offer the perfect blend of magical realism and dark humor (if you’re into that sort of thing).
I’m currently between books (reading that lowliest form of literature – the magazine). Up next, it looks like I’ll be on a Southern authors binge (unless I change my mind, which is likely). On my nightstand I have: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. I actually took As I Lay Dying to a doctor’s appointment, read a chapter, realized it was the most melodramatic* of doctor’s office choices, proceeded to become self-conscious, and failed to digest the subsequent three chapters. I’ll need to start over.
* I realize that it may now appear that I’m dying. I’m not, so I guess it was really more inconsiderate than melodramatic. If I were dying, I’d throw caution to the wind and read US Weekly.
I’m currently reading four books:
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul
Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Fairy Tales Reveal About the Transformations in a Woman’s Life by Joan Gould
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood and Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
This weekend, I read the book Prophecy by S. J. Parris. This is the second in a series of a monk, Giordano Bruno, who has fled his native Italy because of his need for knowledge puts him at odds with the Inquisition. He ends up in England where he solves murders and becomes a spy for Walsingham in Elizabethan England
However, I am having second thoughts about my country history reading plan. I really don’t care much about wars and political intrigue. I like finding out how people lived daily lives, so I may need to go back and find more social histories instead.