Spring Reading List
Spring is nearly here. Right now I’m pouring over the letters of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne. How many times is she going to break his heart? Why did Yeats continue to propose? Also why did Yeats propose to Gonne’s daughter, Iseult? This is one fascinating love story. Gonne inspired Yeats’ love poems and I’ve always wanted to learn about her. I plan to be finished with these letters in time for my spring reading list.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This novel is a love story set in a country on the brink of civil war. I was immediately drawn to the plot, a story of refugees, love, sacrifice, and struggle. We need more books like this. Hamid’s prose is absolutely beautiful. Exit West is the first book on my list.
South and West by Joan Didion. A collection of diaries from Didion’s travels to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama these 40 year old field notes are relevant today. Didion provides us with glimpse of the social attitudes in these small southern towns. Her insight is legendary. I don’t think there is another writer who truly observes American society in the way Didion has.
White Tears by Hari Kunzru. I am looking forward to this novel from Kunzru. The synopsis is compelling. Kunzru explores cultural appropriation in the most unique way. This novel will be my first time reading Kunzru.
Happy World Book Day!