What does one do when one has an aching ankle that prevents one from getting around much or sleeping at 2 o'clock in the morning? Two things: first, one reads and second (at 2 o'clock in the morning) one watches that Texas Book Festival on C-SPAN2.
The result is a few books being added to my GoodReads account. But let's just stick to a few of the books I've added as "read."
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Gorgeous book in verse that follows a Vietnamese family who flees Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War and ends up in Alabama. I love, love, love books in verse and this one was just splendid.
The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
Reminded me something of Hemingway in both style and content. Only about 200 words but packs a powerful and touching story.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
What is there to say that hasn't already been said about this book? It was simply amazing in pretty much every way.
Leaping by Brian Doyle
A collection of essays--"Why Write" and the section entitled "Grace under Duress" are must reads. (If you ever get the chance to hear Doyle in person you must take it--he is so fantastic and dynamic)