Ugh. Last time I could make jokes but this time digging out our driveway took three hours and I don’t want to talk about it except to say:
On the plus side, I did spend the not-shoveling part of the snowstorm with some great books!
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. This book about the women who worked at Oak Ridge during World War II reads like a novel. Since this is still within living memory, the author was able to interview lots of people, and to focus on a few individual stories. The first-person accounts really add an immersive layer to the history. In alternate chapters, the history and science behind the atomic bomb is explored. A nice introduction to the making of the atomic bomb, and also a great exploration of the women who had a hand in making it happen.
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman. Very much my usual, and Goodman is very much in her wheelhouse with a novel about two writers who go back to their college town in upstate New York to work as caretakers for a former teacher. The teacher’s house has a tragic past, and lots of family secrets and maybe a ghost. Entertaining and enjoyable, and I’m just getting into the meat of it now.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book was all the rage when it was first published. Everyone was reading it and talking about it. It’s been on my TBR pile for years, and I just started it the other night. The first chapter was a promising, atmospheric, and mysterious beginning to a story about rival magicians in the late 19th century.
Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry. Yet another novel I’m reading in preparation for Horror month! I’ve loved all the short stories I’ve read by Maberry, so I decided to give this title a try. It’s about an ancient evil in a small town. If it spooks me, you’ll see it in October!
That was all I had time for before the shoveling began. And the watching of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, which is awesome and you should stop reading this right now and go watch it. Maybe this weekend I’ll have time for more books and Gently. After shoveling.