Several bloggers recently wrote some great posts about books they are reading, have read, would like to read:
- Hellibrarian: All Harry, All the Time
- Ilana-Davita: Different Options
- SuperRaizy: What I’m Reading
- Westbankmama: Like Mother Like Daughter (at least in one area)
- Baila: Three Books, Three Reviews
- Mother in Israel: Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong
I recently finished Natan (Antatoly) Sharansky’s Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy. Sharansky, born in the Ukraine, was involved in Jewish refusenik activities until his arrest in 1977, when he was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment. He was released in 1986 at which time he rejoined his wife in Israel and became involved in Israeli politics. In the book he talks about his years in confinement and how felt fortunate to be able to read the classics while in prison. He found he identified with some of the tragic Greek heroes. The book is quite pro-America and gives a good burst of what is great about America. I found the contrast between his talk at Rutgers several years ago and his talks in Europe a bit scary: when he spoke at Rutgers, he got a pie thrown his face (my husband was actually at that lecture). He then assumed he would have an unsupportive audience, but the Rutgers audience proved to be welcoming (mostly). On the other hand, at a European university he was surprised by the hostile questions he received.
I was reading a biography of Bach to my daughter this morning, because we are now both fans of the Brandenburg Concertos.
I took out a book on the Flu of 1918 and started reading that last night (and the 1918 flu is in the news: Researchers unlock secrets of 1918 flu pandemic). I also started reading The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, because my son has been reading this series (the series is called The Wheel of Time). It is a fat, fat, fat book, and I don’t know if it will hold my interest long enough for me to read the whole thing.
What’s new on the book scene for you? Anything you would like to read, have read, would recommend for a child?