Bomb: The Race of Build-and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon (Steve Sheinkin): This is a fantastic YA non-fiction book that held everyone’s interest. It handled The Manhattan Project and all the spying that went with it in fascinating detail. We listened to it on CD.
Busman’s Honeymoon (Dorothy Sayers): This mystery follows Gaudy Night (one of my all-time favorite books) and completes the train of thought developed begun there. What does marriage look like? How do we blend two lives without one person disappearing under the other?
The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis): I’ve been listening to the recording by Joss Ackland, whose chuckle perfectly fits “your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.” Lewis’s keen observation of human nature is only matched by his ability to prescribe the antidote. I’ve been listening to it as I make dinner each night, and then I go to dinner chastened by my own sin and amazed by Lewis’s insight.
Number the Stars (Lois Lowry) is such a beautiful picture of human courage. This time through, I’ve been struck by the idea of how it’s easier to be brave when we don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle before us (thank you, Uncle Henrik). My kids wanted to read it again as soon as we finished– that’s a recommendation for you!
The Endless Steppe (Esther Hautzig). Obviously we’re on a WWII jag around here. I read Hautzig’s book of Siberian exile as a child, and it stuck with me. Reading it today, Esther’s story is just as vivid and universal as it was to me thirty years ago. Hautzig doesn’t minimizes the horror of war or exile and still manages to write a story full of hope.
Most of this is school reading, which seems odd to me given that we had Spring Break a few weeks ago. I had a kindle full of books (and a few in my bag, too) and managed to touch none of it. But that’s how things are right now: everything that has to get done right now is getting done, but that’s all I can manage.
What are you reading?
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