As I mentioned in my last post, I have been reading even though I neglected to post to my blog!

Here are some of the titles I’ve read in the last 2 1/2 months:

  • Apricots on the Nile:  A memoir with recipes by Colette Rossant (2001) —  A lovely little memoir of growing up in Egypt and France, filled with delectable recipes and remembrances of savory foods. Highly recommended for foodies and historians.
  • Black Sun: A Novel by Edward Abbey (1971) — One of Abbey’s unique novels, set apart from his other writings, yet still set in the 4 Corners Region and the Grand Canyon. Poignant, moving, reflective, an odd-yet-sweet romance, somewhat prurient, slightly reminiscent of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955), thoughtful, and provoking. A novel that will make you think; will transport you back to your teenage years and early 20s, before responsibilities began to set in and settle upon your life and actions. Highly recommended especially for fans of SW literature and Abbey fans.
  • Doing My Part: Home-Front Heroes by Teresa R. Funke (2007) — All ages will appreciate Teresa Funke’s historical fiction for children, “Doing My Part: Home-Front Heroes.” Funke captures the sense of patriotism that marked the Great Wars and also gives a real sense of the affects on war both at home and abroad. “Doing My Part” is highly recommended for discussions in the classroom, at book groups, and at home about history and the social lessons that wartime brings about. Funke writes, “In one way or another, we are all touched by war.” This sentiment alone will make for educational conversations about our past, present and futures. The main character Helen is an admirable, hard-working and sensitive 14 year old girl. Helen has presence, grace, and demonstrates many qualities we all can adopt, at any age, from maturity, to kindness and understanding. Helen illustrates the very real emotions and internal conflicts that teens faced in the past, and even now in the present. There are lessons that Helen faces where she demonstrates courage and a strong sense of family values. Inspiring, educational and relevant, all ages will appreciate this well-written and researched book.
  • Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams (2001) — A moving, personal memoir by one of my top ten favorite female authors. Current, relevant, political, spiritual, loving, living, and motivating. Every person concerned with development in our beloved wild west needs to read Red. Wilderness is not just a concept, but is also very physical, very spiritual, and very important to preserve. Not just for the “environmental” sake, but for the human psyche. Support the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) . From the SUWA website, ponder on this quote from Wallace Stegner:

“We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
            ~Wallace Stegner, the Wilderness Letter

More to come soon as I have a tower of books I’m making my way through. Coming soon, historical fiction by Teresa Funke, peach farming by David Mas Masumoto, and others.

Happy Reading! Support Reading; Support our Libraries; Support Independent Bookstores; Support literacy for our children; Turn off the TV; Evaluate everything and Question Authority!   ~Peace!