*Don't Cry For Me* by Daniel Black
A father writes a letter to his son. The father is dying and wants to communicate life events and feelings that he had been unable to express while raising his son.
Maus I: a Survivor's Tale; My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
A grown son questions his father about the father's past years in Poland and in Auschwitz. He records it all and writes this graphic novel about his father's experiences; mostly it focuses on the father's work to survive during a terrible time. It's captivating and a quick read. I rarely read graphic novels, but this was very well done. I am going to look for the sequel: Maus II.
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
Grandma Gatewood is 67. After raising 11 children and finally getting a divorce from her abusive husband, she is ready to explore her new reality. She decides to "go for a walk." From Ohio she makes her way to the spot in Georgia from which the Appalachian Trail begins. She starts walking. Her goal is to complete the entire trail, over 2,000 miles long. She has one bag containing a few supplies. This is her story.
During the Covid shutdown, I found I could not concentrate on reading. How odd! I love to read, and extended time at home seems like the perfect opportunity. Instead, I spent hours and hours sewing.
As time has passed, I find that I have very little interest in sewing! How truly odd! I have gradually come out of my reading funk and am enjoying books once again. This is what I have read so far in 2022. (Not a huge list, but I am just happy to be reading again.)
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams - A list of books to read seems to suddenly appear to several people. They begin to read the books, and through the contacts at the library, and through the growth they experience from reading the books, they find new friends and interests in their daily lives. I loved seeing their appreciation of the books, many of which I have also read. I also loved the "contacts with humanity" that take place when reading a well-written book. Some may find this book a bit sappy in places, but I loved it. The people were varied, troubled, flawed, kind -- just like real humans.
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall - Relationships, families, faith, friends, struggles, forgiveness -- a well written book.