Summer Reading Book Report

A few weeks ago I posted a list of a few of the books on my summer reading list. I have not yet read two of the five-The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and Peter Mayle’s The Corsican Caper-but summer isn’t officially over until the twenty-third, right?

I highly recommend the three books that completed my list. If you are looking for a thought-provoking story, try The Arsonist by Sue Miller. Miller is known for setting a contemplative mood. In The Arsonist, the theme she examines is Belonging. Many of the characters, both main and minor, struggle, or have struggled, with a search for that place where they can make their home: physically, emotionally, and professionally. Home also includes family, whether formed by blood or shared experience. The search is not always easy, in real life or Miller’s fiction.

Tracy Weber’s Murder Strikes A Pose is a terrific start to the new Downward Dog Mystery series. Seattle yoga instructor and studio owner Kate befriends George, a homeless man, and his German shepherd, Bella. When George is murdered, Kate becomes Bella’s “foster-mother.” Weber cleverly combines Kate’s quest to find Bella a new home with her search for George’s killer. Murder Strikes A Pose has great charm and humor, and takes the reader on a visit to the beautiful city of Seattle. A bonus: in one scene, Kate directs students to imagine they are lying on a beach, soaking up the sun. I tried that one night at bedtime and had a wonderful dream that I was on a beach in Hawaii. Give it a try!

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton was also an enjoyable read. I expected this short book to be a discussion on physical looks and aging and how they are treated in Hollywood. Keaton does touch on the pair, but also ruminates on other forms of beauty-architecture, the Southern California landscape, and the inner beauty of family and friends. I appreciated Keaton’s insight and the many glimpses she gave of her life with her children. There is a bit of rambling in Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, but that’s one of the things we love about Keaton, isn’t it? It’s quite evident this book was not ghostwritten; I could hear Keaton’s voice speaking every word I read. It’s worth your time to read the musings of one of our best actresses.

Have a great week, everyone!

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