I’m glad: I don’t live in Maine anymore, where the temperature is in the teens and the snow is piling up. Central Virginia is a lovely place to live – it has seasons, but the winters are mild. Just right for this time in my life.
Finished: my Coursera class on the historical novel. I listened to my last lecture. I liked the class, especially the lectures. Best book for me was the last one: The Ghost Bride. It’s also one that crosses genres and perhaps, the historic part is the least dominant for me.
Reading: Melanie Benjamin’s The Aviator’s Wife, which I find mediocre. Reading for book club. Another so-so New York Times best seller. It’s a fast read and does highlight the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh as well as what marriage was like in the first half of the 20th century for a woman, gifted in her right, who was married to one of the most famous men of their time. Also: Celebrity and paparazzi problems; baby kidnapped; Nazi sympathizer; polygamist etc.
At the book’s midpoint, I’m wondering if it isn’t a bit presumptuous to put words into the mouth (first-person narration) of a woman who just died in 2001, who was a writer in her own right and whose children guard the family’s privacy. Daughter Reese Lindbergh, also a writer, is the notable exception. In addition there’s A Scott Berg’s biography, titled Lindbergh, which won the Pulitzer Prize and which apparently goes into detail about the marriage – but not the secret families. Why wouldn’t one just read that and Anne’s and Reese’s own writing (all of which I haven’t done, though I confess I am now intrigued by Gifts from the Sea)? Probably won’t; I’m not that interested in the Lindberghs.
Conclusion: Might be good for adolescents, but not for serious readers.
Also reading: Elizabeth’s Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. How did I miss her books when they came out? Lovin’ it. I’m identifying with the territory. I too spent a lot of time around a Cook’s Corner in a small Maine town.
Looking forward to: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.
New to me: Reading books on Kindle. Doing okay.
Listening to: Audiobook—John Boyne’s The Absolutist.
Looking forward to: End of year round-up, new challenges