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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 2/7/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Sequoia Nagamatsu's recently published science fiction How High We Go in the Dark; listening to Angela Duckworth's nonfiction book Grit; and reading Katherine Faulkner's new mystery Greenwich Park.

What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?

 

01 How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

It's 2030, and an archaeologist in the Arctic Circle discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost.

His personal situation is complicated by his grief for his recently deceased daughter, and he aims to continue the research work she began.

But the young woman he has found may have died of an ancient virus, and thawing the body for study may unleash the long-eradicated illness all over again.

As the virus begins pass like a whirlwind through societies and nations around the globe, Nagamatsu's science fiction work How High We Go in the Dark highlights various interpersonal connections spanning centuries--and extending as far as the stars.

 

02 Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

In researcher and professor Angela Duckworth's nonfiction work Grit, she explores the combination of passion and commitment that makes up key components of success.

Through mining past research and history for wisdom as well as interviewing highly successful individuals in various disciplines, Duckworth explores what leads to tenacity and achievement, asks whether these habits and tendencies can be cultivated, and suggests ways to boost grit.

Duckworth highlights psychological research, unique examples of superlative success, and practical methods of achieving the grit that allows for significant achievement, in our children and in ourselves.

 

03 Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

Helen lives in her dream home, an old Victorian beauty, with her architect husband. When she becomes pregnant with a long-desired baby, she feels her life couldn't be any more full and happy.

But when she meets Rachel, a single mother-to-be in her prenatal class, Helen begins to feel unsettled. The unpredictable Rachel is spontaneous and fun, but her behavior is also sometimes erratic, and she has an edge.

Rachel seems to know things about Helen's life and family that she shouldn't. When she alludes to mysterious connections between the women--and a long-ago crime--she threatens to unravel Helen's perfect life forever.

I received a prepublication digital copy of this recently published book courtesy of NetGalley and Gallery Books.