Summertime, and my reading is…


I read fiction and non- fiction; collect titles, order from my local library, bookstore and on-line, and borrow from friends.

Here are some highlights:

Soul Catcher by Michael C. White  
Augusta Cain, notorious fugitive slave catcher is hired to hunt down Rosetta.  His journeys:  traveling from Richmond to New York and Boston; and how he comes to recognize the evil he’s been perpetuating make a fast-paced story.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson 
The unputdownable tale of US Ambassador William Dodd and his family in 1933, Berlin.   Eye-opening.

The Space Between Us by Thirty Umrigar 
A friend called this “The Help” set in India. Still,  a good story.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin 
A mystery set in the 1970’s rural Mississippi about a friendship between a white man accused in the disappearance of two women during a 20 year time span and the black police officer who clears his name.  Riveting.

Children and Fire by Ursula Hegi 
Set in one day, Tuesday, February 27, 1934, schoolteacher Thekla Jansen witnesses the penetration of Hilter’s power, its effect on her students and their families and the growing distrust among her colleagues. Never enough books about how children learn evil from adults.

Other great reads:

Bonobo Handshake, Zookeeper’s Wife, Life After Genius, City of Thieves, Into the Beautiful North, Little Bee,  Mudbound, Hotel on Corner of Bitter & Sweet, Purple Hibiscus. Kitchen House, Ape House, Nemesis

 On my night table now:

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Strings Attached by Gay Walley
Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
Lost in the City (short stories) by Edward P. Jones
Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete by William C. Rhoden

Always looking for new titles. Suggestions welcome!


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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3 Responses to Summertime, and my reading is…

  1. Leah says:

    I really want to read “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” and I have “Little Bee” on my nightstand. Actually all your suggestions look great. I need more time to read!!


  2. going to have to have a give some of these a read!


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