The temperatures are falling, the daylight hours shrinking. Time to gather reading material for fall.
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Green, 83 1/4 Years Old
A resident of a nursing home chronicles daily life in Amsterdam. The author, Peter De Smet, was not credited on the book adding to the sense this is truly Hendrik's diary. Characters are presented with humor and sympathy that evokes compassion in the reader.
Packing My Library
An Elegy and Ten Digressions
This is one of the books sent as part of the Year of Reading program at Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. Alberto Manguel wrote this book as he reflected on the process of packing up and whittling down his 35,000 volume library while preparing to move to a new continent.
Medicine and What Matters in the End
My friend, a doctor, has just come through a year of loss. She recommended this book to me after finding it personally moving.
A Walk Through Paris
A Radical Exploration
I picked up this book at the wonderful Commonplace Books the last time I was in Oklahoma City. A mix of history and geography of Paris, the chapters are dotted with vintage photographs and hand-drawn maps.
Another selection sent through the Year of Reading program, this book has been labeled "an instant classic". It was released in 2017, and Barack Obama featured it on his books of the year list.
Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
My younger daughter loaned me this book. She mentioned it every time we talked while she was reading it. The book takes an honest look at the working poor in America.
My next six books.