Topic for discussion: Reading over break
Are any of you planning to read for pleasure over winter break? If so, what?
As usual, the stack of books I have by my bed is much too ambitious for the limited amount of time I have. Here are a couple of books that have been recommended to me this past semester; I'm hoping to get to them when not researching for my thesis.
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin. An Irish burglar breaks into a mansion on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and finds a young girl who is dying of consumption.
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. I've been meaning to read this one for quite a while. The premise is that after you die, you live in a City populated by other souls. You only exist there as long as someone still alive on Earth remembers you. And now people are disappearing from the City at an alarming rate...
I'm also hoping to finish Confederates in the Attic, a nonfiction book by Tony Horwitz. The author goes on a personal journey through the South to try and determine why the Civil War is still so important to people today.
Another book I'm hoping to finish is A Moveable Feast by Hemingway.
Apart from that, it's going to be All Beatles All The Time as I research for my thesis.
Anyone else? If you're looking for recommendations, maybe we can help each other out.