Today’s blog is a sort of Book Report:
1. For me, “A Thousand Acres”, Jane Smiley’s novel is one of the best, most engrossing and true to actual women’s lives that I’ve ever read.
From that point in my reading, I’ve made it a goal to keep up with her new books – not that I’ve always liked them. I’m rewarded now with a small book that once again makes me think. This time the new book is: Jane Smiley, “The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, And The Exercise of Freedom”, Heyday, 2023. If you enjoy books, reading, thinking and learning more of Jane Smiley’s work and life, you might want to look over “The Questions”.
2. This second book is from a new-to-me Daniel Wallace, “This Isn’t Going To End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew”, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2023. Beautifully written, heartfelt and — I think you have to be curious to keep reading this novel of a man who ends up killing himself at 48.
Struggling at times, I’ve found this book worth the journey.
And thereby ends this week’s tale of a couple of my recent explorations.