A great winter read is the very thoughtful and thoroughly researched book by Historian David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. It is a doorstop size book, but great for the winter and excellent for conversation over coffee. Much of what Douglass spoke and wrote about is very relevant in today's environment.
I'm currently reading Becoming by Michele Obama. It's an excellent book about her humble beginnings to our First Lady, who happens to be African American. The wording is easy and thought provoking in some ways. Excellent book to pass through the wintertime.
I enjoyed “A Gentleman in Moscow”. It was rich with historical content and the main character became more fascinating with each chapter. The Great Alone was depressing. I wanted to shake the mother into protecting her daughter and herself. Not taking care of herself and child was her fatal flaw.
The Great Alone is depressing and upsetting and yet depicts reality and frightening bond (of love?) between abuser and abused in a marital type relationship. The mother did protect the daughter in the end!
Just finished The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. Great British contemporary gothic mystery! Highly recommend it and her book The Woman in Cabin 10. (You might want to avoid it, though, if you are claustrophobic. It takes place on a 10-cabin yacht.)
I just started Stephen King's The Outsiders and have Claire Fuller's Bitter Orange to read after King.
Reading Providence by Caroline Kepnes. Not my usual fare but daughter bought for Christmas and we are both reading. Very intriguing and we enjoy discussing it and what we think. I am eager to finish but she works and has children and home so I don't want to get too far ahead and get impatient for her to finish too. I have also started Bobby Kennedy - A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews. Great to be retired and have time to indulge myself in reading.
Just finished the classic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: Coming of age story about Francie Nolan and her family during WWI era in Brooklyn/NewYorkCity and the Great Alone by Kristin Hannah: a must read about a teenage girl and mother and father (severe PTSD because of Vietnam War imprisonment) who relocate to off the grid remote Alaska,
Nice selection of books to think about, I'm such a reader ,so love the recommend ones. I'm currently ready, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidles. A new category for me, I usually read historical fiction. But, my first for 2019 was When the lights go out by Karen White. I love her books, too. It seems I'm all over the place. Hope everyone has a wonderful reading week.
Right now I am reading "Verses of the Dead" by Preston Douglas and Lincoln Child. This book is part of a recurring series featuring Aloyious Pendergast, a Sherlock Holmes type FBI special agent The series started with "The Relic" and is already around 17 books! Doug Preston provides the action and Lincoln Child provides all the amazing details!
Highly recommend joining (or Starting) a book club. I love to read historical fiction and being in this club has expanded the type of books that I now enjoy. Sometimes we have books that I do not enjoy but learn something from the members who did enjoy the book. Sometimes I have great AHA! moments when I totally see a story in a whole new meaning.