I’ve been doing a lot of traveling out to the West Coast these past few months and below are the best of the books I’ve read on my many long flights.
All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
A beautifully written haunting story about a young, blind French girl and a German boy whose lives intersect during the 2nd World War. The writing is excellent, the story is heartbreaking and the characters are engaging. A well deserved Pulitzer Prize winner.
A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
I love Tyler’s writing style and this is one of her finest. A lovely story about the Whitshank family, which I, as a mom, found very relatable. Tyler creates a family that is loving, complicated and honest with this story which shows the beauty to be found in the tiny things that make up a family and a life. Another Pulitzer Prize winner.
Our Souls At Night, by Kent Haruf
I’ve never read anything else by this author, but after this novel, I will search out more of his work. It’s a breathtakingly sad, but beautifully written story about a widow and widower who come together in their 70’s after both of their spouses have passed away. The writing style is spare yet deeply meaningful and I was left in tears at the end.
Euphoria, by Lily King
A new author for me, this book is another astonishingly well written novel with interesting characters, a compelling plot and deep insight into human nature. The story about 3 anthropologists in the 1930’s is loosely inspired by the life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead. I couldn’t put it down.
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs
The only work of non-fiction that I’ve read lately, this biography is of the short life of a brilliant young African American man who escapes the poverty of Newark when he’s awarded a scholarship to Yale, only to fall back into his troubled life when he returns home. Much of the story takes place in Newark and East Orange, places that I’m very familiar with, and this heartbreaking biography resonated very intensely for me.