APRIL 2019 - READING LIST

APRIL / GOOD READS

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THE OLD DRIFT

If a book is described as "sweeping" or "multi-generational" - you can guarantee it's on my reading list. I picked up The Old Drift on it's publication date with very little info other than the two words/phrases just mentioned. This narrative starts in the 1800s, when the British, lead by "explorer" Cecil Rhodes, began to set up shop in Mashonaland (now northern Zimbabwe) to exploit their mineral wealth.

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THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE

Lisa See novels almost exclusively Chinese/South Asian in theme, character and setting and this is no exception. This narrative traces the life of a young Akah woman growing up in the mountain tea village near Xishuangbanna. Bound

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THE SWAN THIEVES

I've been a fan of Elizabeth Kostova since The Historian, and The Swan Thieves is another great historical fiction narrative. When renowned artist Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art, he's hospitalized in the care of Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe. Spanning several months of mostly silence from Oliver, Marlowe goes on a personal quest to discover Oliver's motivation, his deep history wth the portrait he "attacked" and questions his own life. It's long, but it's worth it.

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THE PARADE

Dave Eggers is one of those authors who fall into the love him or hate him camp and over the course of several novels, I've always found myself somewhat ambivalent. The Parade is a slim novel about two unnamed, unbranded workers in a postapocalyptic-esque desert with the single task of paving a road. It's Four's job to pave and Nine's job to clear the way. I liked the easy narrative, the tension between the two workers as one plays by the rules while the other does everything he can do defy them.

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THE COOK

This is basically a novella in parts chronicalling the rise and ultimate lifelong meander of a cook.

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THE SHADOW LAND

Another Elizabeth Kostova book I'd missed, and another one I loved. This narrative takes place in Bulgaria, where a young American woman is teaching for several months in the place she and her late brother always imagined traveling to. No sooner does she arrive in Sofia, than she finds herself accidentally in posession of an urn. Her adventure to return it takes her all across the country and through it's tragic history.

April 2019

IT'S APRIL, Y'ALL

It's taken me until today to realize I hadn't posted in the "NEWS" section of this website, so apologies if you've been waiting with baited breath.

Here are a few things I've been working on:

  1. A newsletter! It's called Rough Drafts, and is a once-in-a-while newsletter (posted the first one back in February, none since! I'm on a roll) generally covering: "Great things to read, non-sponsored product endorsements, things I've written or #amwriting, living slowly, minimalism, writing life, working better, creative industry goings-on, freelance life, travel and generally, whatever the Hell else I'm up to."
  2. Freelancing! After being laid off in June 2018, I spent a lot of time reorganizing my life and preparing to join the freelance workforce. It's a world, man. Specifically, I did a lot of work for Southern Fried Design Barn here in Nashville (for example, the product pic you see within this post). Owner/designer Amy is a former co-worker of mine at CMT and established this business when she was here. I'm knocked out by how much it's grown (she now works for herself full time) and it's been an eye-opening experience into the world of self-employment.
  3. Bookstagramming? It's true. Last month, I created an Instagram account with the specific purpose of 'gramming about books. I didn't realize it was it's own microcosm until it overwhelmed my personal 'gram. Basically, I'm publishing stylized pictures of books I read, have read or am interested in reading. Feel free to give it a follow.

I'll be updating the site soon with more specific things I've written and produced and what's on the slate coming up.