Another Sunday, another book review — this one ran in another of my alma maters, Solares Hill, and it’s a review of Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert’s new memoir/consideration of marriage as an institution. I liked it, maybe even more than Eat, Pray, Love just because the spiritual self-examination, while handled deftly in the earlier volume, just isn’t my thing. This one is both memoir and layperson sociology, examining the institution of marriage in different cultures and times.
Needless to say, the volume is in the collection of the Key West Library. Audiobook and large print, too!
What else am I reading? Besides the continuing journey through Foundations of Library and Information Science, I am continuing my fascination with all things Tudor by moving from Tudor Trash (e.g. Philippa Gregory) to Tudor Crime. My first foray into this genre was Martyr by Rory Clement, which I read and enjoyed last year. I tried one of Karen Harper’s books with Elizabeth herself as the crimesolver but that was too implausible even for me. Most recently I’ve read Firedrake’s Eye by Patricia Finney — very good — and am in the middle of Dissolution by C.J. Sansom. Finney’s book is a bit more complex — it’s narrated by a madman — but the Sansom is entertaining so far.
Speaking of Tudor obsessions, I was delighted to see that Wolf Hall, winner of the Booker Prize, has received another accolade as best work of fiction by the National Book Critics Circle. Another winner, the nonfiction Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes, has been on my to-read list for awhile. Both of those works as well as Blake Bailey’s Cheever: A Life, which won for biography, and Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill (autobiography) are in the library’s collection.