That bookstack beside your bed or next to your favorite reading chair or wherever it piles up changes and surprises.

Here’s what mine suddenly looks like this week.

Neverhome by Laird Hunt
The story of a female serving as a soldier in the Civil War. This is my second reading and provides prep for my new writing project. It is a most interesting read. I have no trouble reading it a second time.

The Other Einstein, a novel by Marie Benedict.
Reading right now for my Michigan book club. So far it seems a bit predictable, but too early for such a conclusion. Must keep reading. The mystery is at least in part: How could anyone fall for Einstein?

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
For the Florida book club. A transgender girl’s coming-of-age-story. This is highly recommended and I’m not sure why it keeps falling off my stack.

The Alice Network, a novel by Kate Quinn
If I’m not mistaken this was sent to me free from Amazon in my last order. According to the cover blurbs a spy network in the First World War and more of the story decades later in 1947. It does look like it might be my cup of tea.

In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America 1859-1863 by Edward Ayers
Will this be helpful for research prep for my writing project? Not sure. It promises ground level social history but not sure it takes me to the right part of the country.

Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko
Loved Pachinko so much I couldn’t resist ordering this one.

The Floating World, A Novel by C. Morgan Babst
Class, race and trauma in post-Katrina New Orleans: Seems to be a time and place I find fascinating. This is another one that is highly recommended by some. I shall see.

History Lover’s Cookbook: Over 150 full-color photos inspired by nineteenth century recipes, anecdotes, and the Civil War by Roxe Anne Peacock
More historical info. People have to eat wherever they are.

Blood In the Water by Heather Ann Thompson
This one is still anchoring my stack, nonfiction about the Attica Prison uprising.

Leave a reply and share what is new or still lurking in your stack.

6 thoughts on “WHAT’S IN YOUR BOOKSTACK?

  1. Stephanie

    My stack is becoming way too high! I’m currently reading In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende and the rest of my stack awaiting me is: Sourdough by Robin Sloan, The Undeground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, The English Wife by Lauren Willig, As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner and The Women in the Window by A.J. Finn. Too many books and not enough time!

    1. PauletteMitchellLein@comcast.net Post author

      Your stack contains several I’d like in my stack: Sourdough, As Bright as Heaven and The Women In the Window.

  2. Susan Carter

    My stack doesn’t seem to be changing at all but, as I usually get my reading done in Drs office waiting rooms, that could be a good thing. Not as many appointments at the beginning of the year and we’re all staying pretty healthy (a really good thing during this horrible flu season).

  3. Bernadette Mainzer

    Still lurking in my pack is “Rhett Butler’s People” by Donald McCaig; “Origins,” by Dan Brown; “The Senator and the Priest,” by Andrew Greeley, “ All the Stars in Heaven,” by Andriana Trignani. Most have been chosen by authors / my favorites. Lots to do – hopefully while basking in the sun by sand on beach it by pool. 😎

  4. Maryann phimister

    I just read Empty Mansions: the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell. The strange non fiction story of an heiress from the WA Clark family. At the time , late 1800’s, were the richest family in America that history doesn’t seem to talk about. I found it very interesting and informative. You may want to put it in your pile.


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