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I first read The Westing Game in December of 2006. My oldest son had just been born, and pretty much ever since I’ve been looking forward to reading it to my kids. We finally did! There are four boys now, ranging from 15 to 6, and we had a blast with the puzzles and riddles in this wonderful book. I didn’t remember the plot well at all, so in many ways for me it was like discovering the twists and turns for the first time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On weekends I often ask folks to let me know what they're reading, and I love sharing the responses! One book has been featured regularly over the past month: Olga Tokarczuk's The Books of Jacob, translated by Jennifer Croft. It came out in the UK last month and is coming out from @riverheadbooks here in the US at the start of February. I was fortunate enough to get a copy, so this I what I'll be reading this weekend. And, from the page count, it is what I'll be reading for a few more weekends to come!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
One of my goals for 2022 is to read at least one book of poetry per month. What better place to start than with Louise Glück’s most recent collection, Winter Recipes from the Collective?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Time to sit back with an old favorite! Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. The story of Queenie and Buddy, best friends separated by around 60 years, at Christmas warms my heart! #trumancapote #achristmasmemory
Joan Didion’s work is deep and important. I’m sad to hear of her death, and I’m grateful she did so much during her life to investigate and articulate so many of our most personal human experiences. #joandidion
For lovers of nature writing (and lovers of writing in general), The Library of America has published a beautiful volume of Rachel Carson's The Sea Trilogy, featuring Under the Sea Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951, and winner of the National Book Award), and The Edge of the Sea (1955).
Happy publication day to Elizabeth Taylor's Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, coming out in a lovely edition from NYRB Classics! Elizabeth Taylor is one of my pantheon authors, and this is one of my top ten reads of the year, as I discuss with Paul in our favorites of 2021 episode. It's a fantastic book. It starts in winter weather, too, so while not particular festive for the holidays it is still a great book to start in these darker days.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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