Thursday, January 15, 2009

What I'm reading

I’m almost finished reading Beach Music by beloved southern author Pat Conroy. While it's close to 700 pages, I find it so hard to put down, as I'm glued to the book each night after the kids have gone to bed.

Now, I warn you that it’s not an easy read, and by that I mean the subject matter can be graphic and difficult to swallow at times. The book covers such topics as the Vietnam War, the Holocaust, suicide, mental illness, cancer and much more. After all, this is the author who brought us The Prince of Tides, The Lords of Discipline and The Great Santini, among other titles, so I knew it wasn’t going to be chick-lit. And, while the subject matter is heavy, I’m so glad I delved into this tome and I look forward to possibly finishing it this evening.

If you're a Pat Conroy fan, I learned that in August of 2009, his latest novel, South of Broad, will be published. So, that will be a definite must-have for this avid reader. If you have any suggestions for a good book, please pass them my way. During these cold winter months, when I can’t get out for a walk in the evening, I love to get lost in a good book.
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JoAnn said...

I followed you here from Eloise's blog (Weasel's Journey). I read "House of Mirth" just this week!

I cannot wait for Conroy's new book. It has been more than ten years since he published a novel.

Have you read "Olive Kitteridge". "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society"? "The Art of Racing in the Rain"? All were my top reads in 2008.

Eloise said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! It's so nice to meet a fellow House of Mirth fan.

I absolutely loved Pat Conroy about 25 years ago but haven't read anything of his in a very long time. I somehow missed reading Beach Music and will have to pick that up.

As far as other recommendations, nothing is jumping out at me right now. I read War and Peace and attempted to read Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children last year. Both were such a huge investment of time and energy that I have yet to recover and get back into my regular reading mode.

Have you ever read The Known World? I read it several years ago, but it is a book that has stuck with me. I would also appreciate other recommendations from you.

I've signed up as a follower of your blog, so I'll be checking back with you soon.