It's Monday! What are you Reading? Three Books -- oh no!
This meme is hosted by Sheila from One Person's Journey Through a World in Books.
I'm reading three books this week.
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy (November 2010, Doubleday)
Publisher's summary: The incomparable author of such classics as The Great Santini and Beach Music, celebrates the books that have changed his life. Pat shares stories about the books that he views as the most important influences on his life as a boy, a man, and as one of America’s most gifted writers.
Atlanta Magazine praises My Reading Life as “his most personal and introspective offering yet…you are in the hands of a master craftsman who happens to be a great storyteller.”
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (November 2010, Atria Books)
Publisher's summary: A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WW II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn't been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941.
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in 'the distant hours' of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.
Morton once again enthralls readers with an atmospheric story featuring unforgettable characters beset by love and circumstance and haunted by memory, that reminds us of the rich power of storytelling.
Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian, March 2011, Scribner)
Publisher's summary: Set in San Francisco during the first year of Obama's presidency, Three Stages of Amazement deftly charts the struggles and triumphs of Lena Rusch and her husband Charlie Pepper, still believe they can have it all--sex, love, marriage, children, career, brilliance.
Fifteen years after her stunning debut, Rise the Euphrates, Carol Edgarian has created a panoramic and deeply moving story about business and family and the demands of love in our time. She takes readers on a spellbinding journey inside America today, with an unforgettable cast of characters including Cal Rusch, Lena's uncle, a Silicon Valley titan, and Ivy, his socialite wife, who engender complication in the lives of all the people they touch: their grown children, business partners, friends, the servants and workers upon whom the glamorous life depends--and Lena, whose quest for grace is the pulse of this gorgeous novel.
As Lena and Charlie, Ivy and Cal, face the temptations of their youth and the fantasy of the redo, they discover that real life is the ultimate challenge.
Told with eloquence and compassion, Three Stages of Amazement is a true thriller of the heart, a riveting story about confronting adversity, gaining wisdom, and finding great love.
All of these titles would create great conversations for reading groups.
What are you reading?