Summer Reading 2010

14 May

Is it too early to start talking about Summer Reading? 

And I don’t mean for the kids.  Sweet Pea is in a *slightly* OCD Nancy Drew phase;  in other words, she’s read every single book in the series and still refuses to switch to anything else.  That Nancy and her sleuthing…good stuff, I tell you. 

I am starting to formulate my list for the summer, and I’d love your input.  If you’re reading this from a FB link, feel free to comment here or on FB.

First let me say that there is one book I’ve already read that you MUST get if you haven’t yet:  The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.  What an amazing story.  I loved it from start to finish.  Did I already blog about this??  I can’t remember.  Anyway, my mother grew up in South Alabama in the 60’s , so I especially enjoyed discussing it with her on our recent road trip across the gulf coast. 

I have just completed The Carrie Diaries in preparation for the Big Day.  It wasn’t incredibly deep, but if you’re into characterization I think you’ll love this peek at Carrie in her Senior year of high school.  It’s really just an exercise in back-story, but it works.  And there’s PLENTY of room for more…which I look forward to.  (Dear SATC producers:  Feel free to exploit this series as much as you want to…books, movies, etc.  I’m in.)

Now for the list:

The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake.  (Fiction) “THE POSTMISTRESS tells the story of World War II through the edges, in the lives of the three women and the events of their lives, often events that even seem unrelated to the larger scene playing out in the world.”

The Lake Shore Limited, by Sue Miller.  (Fiction) “First among (the characters)  is Wilhelmina—Billy—Gertz, small as a child, fiercely independent, powerfully committed to her work as a playwright. The story itself centers on The Lake Shore Limited—a play Billy has written about an imagined terrorist bombing of that train as it pulls into Union Station in Chicago, and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife, who is traveling on it. Billy had waited in just such a way on 9/11 to hear whether her lover, Gus, was on one of the planes used in the attack.  A powerful love story; a mesmerizing tale of entanglements, connections, and inconsolable losses; a marvelous reflection on the meaning of grace and the uses of sorrow, in life and in art: The Lake Shore Limited is Sue Miller at her dazzling best.”

Letters from Backstage:  The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor, by Michael Kostroff.  (Non-fiction, Memoir)  “His firsthand account of the exciting, funny, and sometimes bizarre highlights of his journey with the road companies of The Producers and Les Misérables will introduce you to beautiful old theatres, weird hotels, onstage errors, travel mishaps, colorful cast members, fascinating towns, theatre ghosts, and the art of singing on a revolving stage while lugging a dead body. Along the way, the author talks honestly about the challenges of keeping a performance fresh, managing burnout, and dealing with injuries as the eight-show-a-week schedule continues.”

Plan B:  What To Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would, by Pete Wilson.  (Non-fiction)  “What do you do when you wake up with shattered dreams and unmet expectations? Pete Wilson’s book, Plan B, offers honest encouragement and spiritual insights when life doesn’t go as planned.”

Well, that’s a start.  Got any recommendations??

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3 Responses to “Summer Reading 2010”

  1. Pete Wilson May 15, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    Honored and humbled to be on that list!

    • kathrynsmoore May 15, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      Well I’m honored and humbled that you commented!!

  2. Darla Baerg May 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    I’m reading Plan B now … in fact reviewing it for my blog. How did you hear about it? So weird to me how so many things in your life and mine line up.

    PS LOVE the new blog look.

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