One of the glossy magazines dedicated to celebrities (Us Weekly, I believe) has a regular feature showing famous people doing everyday things. I like seeing rockstars picking up their drycleaning or box office sweethearts biting their nails. I’m just a voyeur that way. It’s interesting to see that in some ways they’re ordinary people, just like us.
In writing this blog I’ve been able to correspond with authors, MY celebrities- MY rockstars, and I began to wonder about them. Do they like the same books I like? What do they recommend to their friends? I don’t have the resources to hire the paparazzi to follow them around and peek into their bedrooms to see what’s on their nightstands, so I decided to pose the same 5 questions to a number of authors. I got so many great responses that I’ve decided to tackle each question in a separate post.
Question #1- AUTHORS: WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
Jennie Shortridge , author of Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe: A rather odd juxtaposition of fiction and nonfiction: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach.
Megan Crane, author of Names My Sisters Call Me: Careless in Red by Elizabeth George. It’s the latest Lynley mystery, and now that I know George will, in fact, kill off longterm characters, I know that no one is safe!
Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters: Dirty Words, edited by Ellen Sussman, which contains so many pieces that are funny, surprisingly sweet, and undeniably sexy. And The Divorce Party, by Laura Dave, which is an incredibly moving story of two women sorting out how to go forward with or without the men in their lives.
Alan Cheuse, author of To Catch the Lightning: Lost in Uttar Pradesh: New and Selected Stories by Evan Connell, an old master, and stories by new Irish writer Claire Keegan, a real prodigy (Keegan’s book is titled Walk the Blue Fields).
Doreen Orion, author of Queen of the Road: I’m currently reading a novel by Marisa De Los Santos, LOVE WALKED IN. The last bookstore I did one of my reading/signing/royal shticks at, A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, gives authors who do events a choice of any book in the store as a gift. So, I asked what they particularly loved and this was it. I started it on the plane back last night and I can see why.
Don’t you just love knowing that Meg Clayton is reading Dirty Words, or that Doreen Orion is reading that Marisa de los Santos book you’ve been eyeing, or that Alan Cheuse is reading Walk the Blue Fields (which, by the way, has a stunning cover- I may have to get it just for that!)?
Next time we’ll see what books authors couldn’t/didn’t finish reading, and why. I’ve been known to abandon a book now and then, so I’m very curious to see what books authors let go of before the end.
So..what are YOU reading?
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