“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” -Nora Ephron
With a plane trip and a few days in Mexico at the end of this month, I crammed in plenty of reading, and April is already shaping up to be the same way. One of my favorite new books I've read in recent years is officially Shotgun Lovesongs, a beautifully-written story of four Wisconsin men and the intersections and divergences of their lives. I can't recommend it highly enough...the prose is written so richly it reads like poetry, and it tugs at my upper-Midwestern heartstrings in every way.
The Favored Child, Philippa Gregory
Meridon, Philippa Gregory
Shotgun Lovesongs, Nickolas Butler
Heartburn, Nora Ephron
Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette
I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends, Courtney Robertson