I’ve been reading
Below are some of the books I’ve been reading.
For an in-depth review of each book, please click on the cover image.
the little virtues
An astounding collection of essays by Italian writer Natalia Ginsburg, written between 1944-1962 on life’s big themes: marriage, grief, politics, parenthood, having a vocation . . . Dense with wisdom and astute insight, they are surely as pertinent now as they were then.
This searingly funny and sad, autobiographical novel is based on food writer, journalist and screenwriter, Nora Ephron’s, marriage breakdown following her discovery of her celebrity husband’s infidelity. A book still relevant 40 years after it was first published. Recipes are interspersed throughout the narrative, speaking to the central role food played in Ephron’s life.
maybe you should talk to someone
When psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb’s own world is turned upside down, she finds herself seeking out therapy for the very comfort, advice and insight she offers to her patients. Humorous, enlightening, and uplifting, the story threads reveal some of the emotional challenges of the human condition, and the potentially transformative power of being heard and understood.
This novella by Claire Keegan sees a young Irish child sent to spend the summer in foster care with relatives, while her parents prepare for the birth of a new baby. This transient stay – a period of light and love for the young girl – contrasts with the life she has been used to, and to which she must ultimately return. Deeply moving.
The Cop Who Fell To Earth
After 25 years as a detective, PTSD forced Craig Semple to step away from a career he had once loved. In this honest and raw memoir, he reflects on the toll such frontline work can have on individuals. He now uses his experiences to educate communities about mental health.
everything is beautiful and everything hurts
This debut novel by Auckland author, Josie Shapiro, tells the story of Mickey Bloom a young woman who has a complicated and turbulent relationship with running. The sport, while ultimately liberating, is also inextricably entwined with some of Mickey’s most challenging life experiences.