The Books I'm Reading Now
I'm reading Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier's newest historical fiction, The Trackers, to be published April 11; I'm reading a memoir by the poet Maggie Smith, You Could Make This Place Beautiful, also scheduled for publication April 11; and I'm listening to Matthew Perry's memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.
What are you reading these days, bookworms?
01 The Trackers by Charles Frazier
In The Trackers, Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier offers historical fiction featuring a Great Depression-era painter, Val Welch, traveling west to a small rural town in Wyoming.
As part of a New Deal grant, Val has landed the job of painting a mural on the Dawes, Wyoming, post office. In Dawes, he meets eccentric, wealthy art lovers John and Eve Long--mysterious, possibly shady, and certainly unpredictable.
When Eve takes off from Dawes with a piece of valuable artwork, Val follows her--and uncovers long-buried secrets that could change everything.
I received a prepublication version of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Ecco. The Trackers will be published April 11.
02 You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir by Maggie Smith
“Life, like a poem, is a series of choices.”
In You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith recounts her painful, prolonged divorce and the marriage that was ending with heartbreak as she wrote this memoir.
Smith also explores gender roles, womanhood, motherhood, fury, loss, and looking out for one's self.
I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Atria Books.
You Could Make This Place Beautiful is scheduled for publication April 11.
03 Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry
“I am no saint—none of us are—but once you have been at death’s door and you don’t die, you would think you would be bathed in relief and gratitude. But that isn’t it at all—instead, you look at the difficult road ahead of you to get better and you are pissed. Something else happens, too. You are plagued by this nagging question: Why have I been spared?”
In Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Matthew Perry, former star of Friends, recounts his longtime, daily struggle with addiction, multiple brushes with death, many attempts to get sober, his ongoing search for love and acceptance, and seeking his purpose in life.
I'm listening to this memoir as an audiobook.