In this hiatus between turning in my draft and getting started on revisions, I’ve been purging files and things, and organizing. I still am. But I’ve also been reading a lot, and I thought I’d share some of the books I read this summer. I read mostly adult books (meaning not kids or YA). Here are the ones I either loved or liked a lot. I’d love to know what you’ve read that you’d recommend.
Elena Ferrante: My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name
Carol Shields: Stone Diaries
Elizabeth Gilbert: Signature of All ThingsAmy Bloom: Lucky Us
Uwem Akpan: Say You’re One of Them
Carol Rifka Brunt: Tell The Wolves I’m Home
Rufi Thorpe: The Girls From Corona del Mar
Oh, and it seems I’ll be talking to my editor next week. So if I disappear, I’m either deep in revisions, or in Antarctica. Below are two things we are not getting rid of.
I turned in my manuscript end of July and almost immediately went to the beach. That was magical. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been cleaning and organizing and purging and weeding and giving away. If you have ever been in my office, you would probably think someone else lived here now. But it is me. Me, waiting. I am not unhappy waiting. I am happy to have the break, to have time away from the manuscript myself. I am happy to clean and sort and organize. I am also learning how to sharpen knives. To use in COOKING, silly.
I’ve also updated my appearances page, which you can find here.
This is seriously the most boring blog post I’ve ever written. I might have to start looking for the Next Book while I wait. (Suggestions welcome!) In the meantime, here’s a photo that shows how busy we were on vacation.
This is Jonathan, a boy who loves math. His grandmother drove almost two hours to bring him to the Gaithersburg Book Festival so he could buy him his own signed copy of the book. His grandma sent me this picture and told me that she had been taking the book out of her Pennsylvania library, and bringing it down to Maryland for weekend visits. Jonathan related to it so much, she knew she had to buy him his own copy! When she saw I’d be in his own town, she made it happen.
These moments with him made my day. Partly because who doesn’t want to hold a wonderful little boy on her lap?! But mostly because this family–mother, grandmother and little boy take books so seriously. They use libraries, and they buy books. Real books that can be held on a lap. That can be read aloud to each other. That can be read again and again, favorite pictures pointed at (Fraulein!) and loved and treasured. As Jonathan’s grandma wrote in an email to me: “As my daughter says, books are not toys, so there is no limit on how many I can buy and bring.”
So I want to say thank you to The Gaithersburg Book Festival for having me, and for Jonathan’s grandma and mom for bringing him. And thank you to Politics & Prose for making all of our books available.