Having this temp. job has been great for reading. I have two 15 minute breaks a day, and 30 minutes for lunch during which I either listen to podcasts or read. I’m almost done with a great Plains book, The Bones of Plenty by Lois Hudson. I read about it first in Kathleen Norris’s book Dakota. She argues that it’s as good as or better than The Grapes of Wrath. I’m not planning to write a compare/contrast paper on them, but if you like books like Giants in the Earth or My Antonia, I think you’ll like the Bones of Plenty.
I think I mentioned it already, but I listened to A Long Way Gone, a memoir of a child soldier. It’s an excellent read, especially if you like memoirs. I don’t always like memoirs by non-authors because they can drag and be boring, but this one is definitely not.
I also just started a young adult novel called House of the Scorpion. The library didn’t have some books I really wanted (the new David Rakoff book, the last in the Lois Lowry trilogy, Anchee Min’s latest, or Edwidge Danticat’s new biography of her uncle), and this looked interesting. I’m only a little ways in, but it looks like it will be well-worth the time. Already it’s started out with a boy named Matt, who we know is a clone. The others treat him poorly and he is hidden in a field until they find out he’s a clone of El Patron. We don’t know who El Patron is yet, but like I said, it looks promising.
I heard about a free Audible trial subscription while listening to the MacCast, so I downloaded Empress Orchid. It’s very intriguing…the whole world of the Forbidden City from the perspective of a concubine.