We are finally seeing sunny skies here in central Pennsylvania, and with the coming of daylight savings time, can long evenings reading on the deck be far away? There are so many great new (and couple of older) books this month, I had a hard time stopping at ten!
Degrees of Truth
The subtitle of Marjorie Price's A Gift from Brittany, is A Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside. From Chicago to Paris to a country hamlet and from single to married to single parent, Price shares her journey to finding peace through her painting and friendships nourished and discovered in a tiny country village. Irene Latham was inspired to write Leaving Gee's Bend after attending a quilt exhibit in her home state of Alabama. Ludelphia's life revolves around doing chores and making quilts. But when her mother falls ill in 1932, the little girl must be strong and brave enough to walk forty miles for the nearest help.
Family Dynamics around the World
The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano, first published in Italy, is the story of the chance reunion of two high school friends, Alice and Mattia, who were each scarred by a different life-changing family event that happened in childhood. Laila Lalami's Secret Son is played out against the politics and religious unrest of Casablanca and explores the reunion of a poor young man with his long-lost wealthy father. Once Justin Fisher has a wife, a son, and a great job, he decides it's time to reconnect with his parents. The results of that planned reunion in California is explored in The Language of Secrets, by Dianne Dixon.
Kate White's Hush is a modern thriller involving an ordinary marketing consultant, her estranged husband, and a one-night stand. Angelology, by Sanielle Trussoni, on the other hand, is a fantasy thriller involving a nun, the Catholic church, and some secret letters. Natasha Mostert's Keeper of Light and Dust is psychological thriller involving magic, science, marshal arts, and vampires.
For the Young at Heart
The subtitle of A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole is A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home. This middle reader chapter book is amply illustrated with pencil drawings in the style of the cover art. I haven't read it yet, but the artwork won me over. I hosted an interview with Carrie Vaughn last month, and I can't wait to read her Voices of Dragons, in which a seventeen-year-old is caught between modern times and the world of medieval legends.
I am known for my eclectic reading tastes, and I think I've proven that here. March is my busiest work month but I hope to read several of these in the next few weeks. What are you looking forward to reading in March?