On My Bookshelf

The Aviator's Wife; Dinner: A Love Story; A Reunion of Ghosts; In Cold Blood

Here is what’s On My Bookshelf right now:

The Aviator’s Wife  |  Oh, how I love reading about the woman behind the man. And what an amazing woman Anne Morrow Lindbergh was. From the shy college co-ed visiting her father, the US Ambassador to Mexico, to her marriage to the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, to the heartbreaking loss of her baby in the “crime of the century”, her story completely fascinated me. Not only from a historical perspective (I learned so much!) but also as the story of a woman who finally found her own voice after living in the shadow of her husband for so long.  |  “Only the weak need heroes and heroes need those around them to remain weak. You’re not weak.” 

Dinner: A Love Story & Dinner: The Playbook  |  Inspired by the blog, Dinner A Love Story, the first book is part cookbook, part memoir, part inspiration, and all about bringing everyone you love around the family table to share meals. The second book is a 30 day challenge to cook a new meal every night for 30 days. Eating dinner every night as a family is non-negotiable in our family, so I loved both of these books.  |  “It all begins at the family table.”

A Reunion of Ghosts  |  Three feminist sisters in the 40’s have decided to commit suicide together on December 31st, 1999, and this book is to be their suicide note. They are convinced that the sins of the father are visited upon the children to the 3rd and 4th generations. The father being their great grandfather, Lenz Alter, whose character is based loosely on the life of Fritz Haber, the German chemist of Jewish origin who is considered ‘the father of chemical warfare’. A little dark, but extremely thought provoking, this book is worth a read.  |  “The meaning of life had always been that life had no meaning, and the moral of the story was that there was no moral of the story. Things that seemed significant weren’t.”

In Cold Blood  |  I was completely obsessed with the Serial podcast (weren’t we all!!) and have been having serious withdrawals. So I was re-listening to some of the episodes, and they mention reading the book In Cold Blood. While it was no Serial, it was really, really good! Based on the true story of a quadruple homicide in a small town in Kansas in 1959, this book basically established the True Crime literary genre.  |  “Once a thing is set to happen, all you can do is hope it won’t. Or will-depending. As long as you live, there’s always something waiting, and even if it’s bad, and you know it’s bad, what can you do? You can’t stop living.”

I’m always looking for book recommendations! What’s on your bookshelf right now?

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