For the past few days I’ve been trying to read as much as possible for the Thankfully Reading Weekend. I read a memoir, short stories, and children’s books.
- The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks by Robin Romm
- Library Mouse: A Friend’s Life by Daniel Kirk
- If I Were You: A Daddy-Daughter Story by Richard Hamilton
- Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka
- South by Patrick McDonnell
- Scorpions by Peter Murray
- Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee
- Wolf by Becky Bloom
- Stay Away from Rat Boy by Laurie Lears
From the collection, Love Stories in This Town by Amanda Ward
- “Should I Be Scared”
- “Butte as in Beautiful”
- “The Stars are Bright in Tears”
- “On Messalonskee Lake”
- “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison
- “Medley” by Toni Cade Bambara from the collection, The Sea Birds are Still Alive
- “Lullaby” by Leslie Marmon Silko
- “Somebody Up There Likes You” by Shalom Auslander from the collection, Beware of God
- “Heimish Know All” by Shalom Auslander from the collection, Beware of God
My favorite read during this event is the short story, “Medley” by Toni Cade Bambara. Bambara is a new-to-me author. I discovered the short story through one of my classes because it was last week’s required reading. The story’s main character, Sweet Pea, works as a manicurist trying to save enough money to send for her daughter and buy a place of her own. In the meantime she learns how to be a woman and mother as she deals with her boyfriend. The rhythm and language of the short story was better than anything else I’ve read in a long time.
I wished I read more! I wasn’t really in the mood for long works. The Mercy Papers was barely 200 pages long and at times that felt too long. The short stories were perfect for my finicky mood. The children’s books were mostly read to my kids.
This was a great event. I have to thank everyone behind it for hosting. What did read this weekend?