What are you reading?

Below is a list of my pandemic reading so far. It’s not a long list because I’ve turned into a slow reader. There’s also a lot more fiction than usual for me, I see. That’s interesting. I’m currently reading The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.

– Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy by Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano.
– The End of October by Lawrence Wright.
– Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.
– The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
– The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.
– The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.

Here is Bali about to climb into my lap. As any cat owner knows, open books are preferred resting spots for cats.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “What are you reading?

  1. I am still waiting for the Lawrence Wright book from our library! It’s taking forever. I haven’t had a lot of time to read because my gardening has taken over my life, but that will be winding down now that the days are so hot. I am reading a couple of books: Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels (I take breaks reading it because it’s a memoir and deals with the author’s loss of her young son and husband) Also, “The Great Influenza” by John M Barry about the 1918 pandemic.

  2. I treated myself to my own copy of the Lawrence Wright book. I love Pagels’ work. I met her, I just remembered. I remember I thought she was flirting with the guy I was dating at the time!

    I think I might have read The Great Influenza. Or at least looked at it, when I was researching NY’s early Board of Health. I’ll bet it’s a great and enlightening read.

  3. You met Elaine Pagels back in the day – that’s so cool! I love her work too and I have just finished this newer book. For all the heartbreak in it, the ending was uplifting and thought provoking. I’ve ordered my own copy to reread.

    Yes, the Great Influenza is wonderful too and so well written that you really care about the people that were involved and admire their fortitude during a ghastly time in our history. It will take me a while, I’m a slow reader, but I like to imagine what it must have been like then.

  4. Adding The Great Influenza to my to-read list. It’s selling so well, I hope the author is still alive so he can enjoy this surge in sales … checking. YES! Yay!! (I’m sorry for the reason it’s selling so well, of course._

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