Rather soon for another Surprise Smekday. Oh, well.
I have no excuses this time except that I found way too many books to read all at once. Wonderful novels and intriguing nonfiction, all too good to pass up. Here a combined list of my Currently Reading and TBR Piles:
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
J: A Novel by Howard Jacobsen
Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
With the exception of J, each of those has a bookmark somewhere in it. Something’s got to give. And that something is one of the books I started before Christmas and which swiftly found its way to the bottom of the pile.
So who’s receiving a Dear John letter today?
Pity poor The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp. It’s funny, charming, affectionate, and informative, and I just don’t have time for it right now. I’m ashamed to say I’ll probably keep it in mind for a casual fling-read or two over lunch, if I’m free from other books and it happens to be on the shelf.
I do hope it finds a reader who can commit to it properly. It’s a fun foodie read which I hope one day to read all the way through.