All posts tagged: recommended

LibraryReads: October 2015 List

Originally posted on cup of tea with that book, please:
LibraryReads published next month’s LibraryReads List, a monthly list of top ten books recommended by librarians across the country. And I’m so excited that After You is one of the recommendations! Check out these new hot releases! (All links are from Goodreads) City On Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (Available 10/13/2015) After You by Jojo Moyes (Available 9/29/2015) A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George (Available 10/27/2015) Slade House by David Mitchell (Available 10/27/2015) The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Available 9/29/2015) The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Available 10/6/2015) Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Available 10/20/2015) In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward (Available 9/29/2015) Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA by Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor and Lisa Dickey (Available 10/5/2015) We Were Brothers: A Memoir by Barry Moser (Available 10/20/2015)

Summer Reading Challenge: The Year of Magical Thinking

Originally posted on The Whiskey Girl Diaries:
This memoir following Didion’s journey through grief and loss was a difficult read for me. I lost my dear friend Paul when I was seventeen and went on a similar emotional journey to the author. This book came so highly recommended that I thought I could easily read it in a day or two, but it took me nearly two weeks. In the year following her husband’s sudden death, Didion also nearly loses her daughter Quintana to a neurological trauma. This same daughter was in the ICU on the Upper West Side when Didion’s husband died, and she had to wait until her daughter was conscious to relay the news. Eventually, Quintana recovers, but after many near misses with her health and treatment. The narrative of the story alone would show the reader the scope of Didion’s trauma and pain, but the writing style serves the narrative well in that it amplified the pain of a widow and suffering mother. Didion repeats one phrase over and over throughout…