December 3, 2013

3 To Read...

It's a chilly winter wonderland up here in the great white north, so the perfect time to curl up with a good book (or Kindle or as with me, iPad)...

As I tend to read when I travel, and I travel two to three weeks a month for work, and on top of that I have weird dysfunctional sleep habits, I tend to read a lot, always have. 

Here are some recent faves… in the comments let me know what I should tackle next...


Best known as the sister and writing partner of the iconic Nora Ephron, with this book I discovered the voice and talent of Delia Ephron; her essays and observations range from fun fluffy bits on food to touching sorrowful pieces on her sister's illness and death. 

There is some sibling rivalry dirt which is fun to read, and essays on her failed marriage and her successful one, her troubled relationship with her mother, and her love for her dog Honey (a Havanese like Alfred!)… from frilly to serious, this is a really smart touching read.
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I discovered Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series in a reader comment on this blog, and in the couple of years since then have devoured them all, from A Is For Alibi to the new W Is For Wasted

Each is a mystery featuring California detection Kinsey Millhone, but they are also soulful meditations on friendship and self-awareness and life and loneliness and human nature. Okay I make them sound artsy and esoteric, and there are flashes of that, but these are simply really good reads from a really great writer. The only sad part is the countdown is on to the end of the series: X, Y, Z...



My Sprocket Ink bloggy buddy Lance Burson has published his second novel, and Soul To Body is a gem… short, sweet, and in places not so sweet; this is a family drama with an edge.

Newly widowed Jake is dealing with his loss and struggling with raising his teenage daughter by himself; before he can find any sense of equilibrium a new woman enters his life, and everyone has to navigate this changed world...what he thinks vs what his daughter thinks vs what friends and family think are a central theme as Jake tries to figure out the right way to grieve and to move on, if such a thing exists. You will come to care about this guy and his choices and his life. Read Soul To Body.