Boy, it's been awhile since I did one of these, hasn't it? I'll have to do my annual list for 2009 (which wasn't so very extensive--see entry a few below for why that was!) one of these days soon. I mean really, aren't you just WAITING for the MamaT awards?
I knew you were.
But that's for another day. Today we'll just talk about what I'm reading NOW.
So, what IS on the nightstand? Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. I should finish this one tonight. Reichl was the New York Times food critic for 7 years, and this book is a memoir of her time there. It includes some of her reviews and some of her recipes. How can you NOT like a book with recipes? You can't. Besides, Reichl is a wonderful writer and explains food and her dining experiences very well.
We had read her memoir of growing up, Tender at the Bone a couple of years ago in book club. When we heard about this "further adventures of...." book, we just had to put it on the list for this year.
Thumbs way up on this one. There's also another book by the same author: Comfort Me With Apples. I'd like to read it, too.
Also on the nightstand? Reed of God by Caryl Houselander. I am such a huge Houselander fan. Her book The Way of the Cross, structured as a walk through the stations of the cross, is a must read for me each Lent. LaMa, I highly recommend it.
I also recommend Mauriac's Holy Thursday if you're still looking for inspiration.
Next up? Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food or Leif Enger's So Brave, Young and Handsome. It's a toss up on those two. I'll let you know.
I'm glad LaMa is reading Mariette in Ecstasy. It's one of my favorites. I'll be interested to hear her take on it. But I almost hate giving people recommendations--especially for books I really, really like. Because if they don't love them like I did, well, maybe I'm nuts, but it makes me feel SAD. Here's hoping she likes it!
Hope your Wednesday was wonderful. Good night, ya'll!