A Note from Aline

For my whole life, summer means more reading.  I bask in the loosening of my schedule to read and read and read. You might have noticed that LMS teachers at all levels and, of course, our librarian Eliza, encourage you to read and read and read with your children. They have forwarded you lists and recommendations -- keep up the reading with them.

For those of you out there also reading for yourselves, I share with you some of what I have read/am reading:

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe is, as the subtitle says, “A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland.”  In light of Brexit and its potential to unravel the relative peace of Northern Ireland, this book gave me a view into the Troubles that I cannot let go of. It reads like a novel (and, at one point, features Boston College).

We Can’t Breathe by Jabari Asim recounts the life of this lucid writer while revealing an American history that was not taught in the schools I went to. It is a slim volume and remarkable in its combination of personal narrative and national history.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was surprising to me in its detail of poverty and the beauty of the land; family relationships and detective work; surviving emotionally, spiritually and physically -- all in one novel.

Autumn by British writer Ali Smith, the first of a quartet of novels, left me wondering -- and if any have read it and would like to talk about it, let me know. 

Kindred by Octavia Butler, published in 1979, tells the story of a black woman in her 20’s who is transported from 1976 California to 19th century Maryland where she experiences life as a slave - a sort of sci-fi historical fiction.

In my pile to read -- Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel BoysThe Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar; A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza; Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman.

Happy August reading.