What I've Been Reading

I spent a lot of time in Peru reading while everyone slept or I was sick...

I have been meaning to do more book reviews lately so I am going to cram a few into one post. When I was in Peru, I got through 3 books and was really pleased with all of them. 

The first book I read was "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry." It's a novel about a depressed, widowed, bookseller living on an island off the northeast coast of the US. His wife had died in a car accident causing him to spiral emotionally. During one of his alcohol-induced blackouts he has a rare and priceless book stolen from his home. This begins a strange series of events one of which being a little girl being dropped off in his store in the middle of the night. It's a pretty short read with a lot of ups and downs that keep you interested if not a little emotional. 1-10, probably a 6. 

The next book I read when I was dying with dysentery in Aguas Calientes was "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." I know that I'm roughly 20 years behind all the hype but late is better than never-especially when it was published when I was 5. I can honestly say it's one of the top 10 books I've ever read. It's dramatic and funny and has a set of characters more interesting and well-written than I've likely ever read. The story was written after the author spent 8 years living in Savannah, GA. It follows him and his adventures and often misadventures with the locals including drag queens, witches, and wealthy antiques dealers. When one murder can't be swept under an expensive Persian rug, the story builds and does not leave you disappointed. 10 out of 10. If you haven't read it, get a copy. You usually see them at Goodwill because this is such a well-known book, I'd go there first. Charley has read another of his books, "In the City of Fallen Angels," another nonfictional mystery based in Venice, Italy. It's on my list but I haven't read it yet. Charley is the one person I actually take advice from on books so I recommend it. 

The last book I read was "Tender At The Bone." It is a memoir of chef and food critic, Ruth Reichl. She writes about food in a way that makes you want to cook anything and everything in your house because all of it suddenly sounds delicious. I'll admit I was somewhat turned off by the parts of the book about her mother who suffered from manic depression but I understand it helped explain why she became interested in food early on (to protect house guests from continuously getting food poisoning from her mother's cooking) and also why she spent time learning French in Canada with a foodie Ambassador's daughter. The end of the book read a bit less entertaining than the beginning so I'd give it a 5 out of 10. 

All of these books were entertaining reads so if any of them sound interesting, go snag a copy! (At Goodwill or a small local bookstore)...

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