In the meantime, I've been reading Lucy Knisley's graphic novel French Milk for the second time this year. She will be my next Outspoken Interview, with ILLUSTRATIONS!!!! That'll post this coming Monday.
I'm also still reading The Passage, and I will wait to tell you how FREAKIN' AWESOME it is when I'm finished with it completely. 200 pages left! You know how allergic I am to overhyped books, but this one, so far, has been far and above the hype. And this is not even my "kind" of book generally speaking. Awesome. Just awesome. But I'm waiting to tell you that. Right. Ahem.
Mitchell James Kaplan’s debut novel is set in fifteenth century Spain during the time of the New Inquisition when King Fernando and Queen Ysabel were waging war and expelling all Jews from Spain. This period is also remembered for Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) and his discovery of the Western Hemisphere. Kaplan has taken all of these events and created an historical novel of depth, passion and faith which held me spellbound.
Having a child certainly gives any woman a greater appreciation for the process. Personally, I had absolutely no interest in birth stories before Greyson came along, but now a book like this sounds like something I'd love to get my hands on. I'm also fascinated by the various historical periods. Seems I'm craving something historical! That's totally out of the ordinary for me. I'll blame it on loving The Good Earth so much. Now I need MORE!
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares is everywhere. I can't even remember which blogs have featured it because they numbers are stacking up. The Powell's description:
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has the memory, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.OK, does The Gargoyle come immediately to mind for any of you? It did for me. I've never read any of Brashares' YA stuff, so I'm completely new to her writing, but I'm hoping this story offers something new. I adored The Gargoyle, so if it's too similar I may be irked. We'll see how it goes!
Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again.
David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can't imagine a remotely happy life without her — yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.