Hits, misses and a couple that went out of the park

Euphoria has exceeded so many peoples’ expectations (because covers can never do a good job explaining why a book is great…). Cannot recommend enough to read it! My own review of the full book is coming soon (:

The Bone Island Book Blog

FullSizeRender-4Some recent reading that exceeded my expectations

The novel I really want other people to read so we can talk about it is Euphoria by Lily King. It’s historical fiction, though set in the early 20th century in New Guinea, not my usual time and place. It’s based on a period from the life of Margaret Mead though heavily fictionalized. And it’s mesmerizing. Also short enough that you can, essentially, read it at one sitting. It was one of those books where I was intentionally making myself slow down so it would last longer.

The Trip to Echo Spring is about writers and drinking. It’s a portrait of six alcoholic writers, two of whom are Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway, so it features a Key West visit. But it’s not a clinical or sociological dissection – more of a literary meditation and travelogue as the author travels around the country visiting…

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