CRACKIN’ THE STACK: DECISIONS

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Titles in my ever-growing stack of books.

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett – a classic piece of American fiction written at the turn of the 20th century. Many think it is a landmark in defining the American experience, this time on the coast of Maine.

Yes, I’ve started reading this one.

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat, 2004 Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction as well as other prizes.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Recommended to me by many, this is an acclaimed redemptive novel I do want to read. Somehow, I start and stop it. It is laid aside. I must stick with it sometime soon.

Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine by Ann Browning Masters. I heard Ms Masters speak several years ago and have been looking for this book ever since. Now, I have it. I can’t wait to read some of the poems.

Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer. This is a book club novel. The title is after a landmark intersection in the city of Detroit.

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom. An historical novel about a woman kidnapped from her Virginia Wilderness home and held captive by Native Americans. I am a fan of so-called “Captivity Narratives.” My own ancestors in New York State had a nodding acquaintance with this phenomena. Usually the stories focus on the courage and adventures of female captives. This particular title turned up in a memoir I read recently. I couldn’t resist taking a look at it. It was published in 1981.

Grief Is the Thing With Feathers: A Novel by Max Porter. The title and the big print enticed me. It’s a short novel.

America’s First Daughter : A Novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. This one grabbed me from the first page. Love the heroine and her voice is mesmerizing. Judicial use of nineteenth century language always seems natural and plunges the reader into the past.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary Tileston. This is a book of brief meditations recommended in The End of Your Life Book Club. I find it very helpful.

The Etiquette of Illness by Susan P. Halapern. This is another recommendation from the author of The End of Life Book Club. I always feel inept in the face of illness. Maybe this will help.

Illuminations : a novel of Hildegard Von Bingen by Mary Sharratt. I’ve had my eye on this book for a long time. Finally ordered from one of my discount booksellers. It is the story of a brave woman in the Middle Ages and is an award winning novel.

Though I’m drawn to non-fiction, what I’m really looking for is a good novel. How about you?

And, wouldn’t you know? I picked up a few more books on my recent trip. (More blogs about Maine coming up)

What’s in your stack?

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