A few recommendations from my April/May reading.
An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor. I've been reading a lot of things that fall into some kind of "spiritual/autobiographical essays" category lately, but this book is the clear winner. It's full of wisdom, how to live in a fulfilling way, how to connect with God and the real, good things of this world. Here's a favorite passage:
Most of us spend so much time thinking about where we have been or where we are going that we have a hard time recognizing where we actually are. When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, "Here I guess, since this is where I am."
Next, Karen Russell. I heard Russell interviewed on Fresh Air a few weeks back and was smitten. Allow me an analogy here... have you ever met a new person, and just immediately felt a thrill of "yes, this person gets me and I get them, we have so much to talk about, I just want to hang out for hours and hours"? As I get older I find this doesn't happen anymore, which is kind of a bummer, since it's one of the most exciting things about being young. BUT. When I started reading Russell's books, I felt a bit of that same buzz. I just wanted to check out all her books and look up all her interviews online. Her work resonates with me, I feel like she understands exactly what I want as a reader.
I read Swamplandia! in about a day and a half (apologies to my kids for basically ignoring them for a couple hours, oops), since I tend to read novels pretty voraciously. And now I'm taking my time going through her collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
Last, I checked out this Flowers of the World book to use as a drawing reference. (As always, trying to improve my drawing skills.) At some point in my life I'll actually buy one of these because I feel like I'm constantly checking them out of the library.
What have you been reading lately? Have any suggestions for me?