It’s been storm after storm in the Northeast. I’ve read a few books.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The post- traumatic stress story of a young boy and a famous work of art. I read this on my e-reader intermittently with other hard cover books. I had a long plane ride last week and finally finished it. Though I felt it started to drag a bit by the last 200 pages, I was compelled to see how it ended. We witness the boy become a man, and watch how his philosophy about the role of art in the world evolves. Not as strong as her other novels.
Another art-based novel is Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr that tells the story of an artist’s revenge after witnessing the theft and destruction of art in World War II. Good read. I’m sure I picked it from the library’s new books shelf based on the cover.
Sue Monk Kidd’s Invention of Wings is based on the true story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, Charleston, SC sisters who become abolitionists. Kidd creates a friendship between Sarah and her maid, Hetty, who had been given to her as a present from her parents on her 11th birthday. Chapters alternate between Sarah and Hetty, revealing the struggles of the time- one for others’ freedom and one for her own. This joins a crowded field of books addressing slavery and abolitionists; I’d have liked to read more about Sarah’s work.
For non-fiction, I couldn’t put down The Man he Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency by James Tobin. My father suggested it and I could immediately see why he did. We learn how FDR contracted polio, how a combination of misdiagnosis and treatments lead to the disease’s progression, and how FDR chose his opportunity to lead the nation over committing time and energy to trying to walk again. A comeback story like no other.
What have you read to beat the winter blues?