I’m joining up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for Twitterature – short (ish) reviews of recently read books. This month has been a reading and writing doozy. I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve read, mixed up my genres more than ever, and generally had a great time. Here are three of my favorite titles this month:
The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker’s debut novel is a lyrical and moving story, set in turn-of-the-century New York, of love and what it means to be human. It’s a slow read, but well worth the wait.
The Bookman’s Tale – Charlie Lovett’s debut novel about a grieving antique book collector follows a trail to the Holy Grail of book collecting: proof that Shakespeare wrote, well, Shakespeare. Murder and mayhem quietly ensue. I will never look at an old book the same way again. (Austen fans, don’t miss Lovett’s First Impressions, out tomorrow!)
The Information – Take the history of language and communication, mix with riveting biographies and an absolutely perfect non-linear chronology, and stir. The result is nothing short of amazing. James Gleick’s tome is by far the best nonfiction book I’ve ever read. Once again, it’s a slow read: you can’t absorb it all quickly.
Now that we’re entering the holiday season, I’ll be spending more time on crafts and making homemade gifts. Thank heavens for audiobooks!