Reading in the time of global pandemic… Things are not normal for any of us, my friends. And my reading life is way off-kilter (everything is off-kilter!) even though I’m finding that reaching for a book is a necessary tonic at the end of each very long day.
So for me, reading is more essential than ever. And it’s also in fairly short supply. But it’s enough to replenish my energy and restore some equilibrium. It’s my daily re-set.
In April, I finished only three books. I’m calling it good. And I’m so thankful for these three books, which truly carried a heavy load for me.
Means of Ascent by Robert A. Caro
3 words: in-depth, cinematic, dramatic
Give this book a whirl if you like… portraits of powerful people, the complex personality of LBJ, in-depth research and scene-building, gorgeous storytelling, thinking about the ends vs the means in politics
Passing by Nella Larsen
3 words: lyrical, powerful, interpersonal
Give this book a whirl if you like… Harlem Renaissance writers, #ownvoices, thinking about race, women’s friendships, stories about life choices
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
3 words: intimate, engaging, compelling
Give this book a whirl if you like… great storytelling, worklife narratives, inside baseball, behind the scenes in therapy, unflinching self-scrutiny
So what’s going on in your reading life? Is your reading disrupted? Or are you reading differently these days?
Stay safe and well, my bookish friends…