Deborah Doucette began her writing career as a free-lance journalist, subsequently writing the non-fiction book Raising Our Children’s Children: Room In The Heart, slated for second edition release in July, 2014. Her novel, The Forgotten Roses, is about the choices women face, the strength of family, a mystery and a little magic. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post, an artist, and mother of four. She lives in a small town west of Boston with her red standard poodle Fiamma (Italian for flame) enjoying the comings and goings of her twin grandchildren, and working on a new novel. Find her on Twitter and Pinterest.
Here are just a few of the books scattered in haphazard fashion around my bedroom.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. This was the first Neil Gaiman book I ever read. Not generally a reader of fantasy, but my daughters and son-in-law are fans so I took a chance. I was surprised and delighted. I so thoroughly enjoyed the book and when finished, I had an ah ha moment as the depth and meaning of the story finally sunk in. Now, Gaiman’s American Gods is on my to-be-read short stack.
Lunatic Heroes and Beloved Demons by C. Anthony Martignetti. These are the first and second volumes of Martignetti’s memoir. Lunatic Heroes deals mostly with his childhood and Beloved Demons his adult years. Both are beautifully told and harrowing. I’m normally not a fan of memoirs either, but these two editions grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let me go until I finished both. I inhaled them, they were that good and took me on an emotional roller coaster ride all the way through. Both are brave, hilarious, sad, and profound.
The Other Room by Kim Triedman. Both Triedman and Martignetti, as well as myself, are published by small presses. These two authors produced exquisite works that deserve attention hard to come by when competing with titles marketed by the big five corporate publishing houses. Though the subject of Triedman’s book is a difficult one, the death of a baby, the writing is so gorgeous and delicately wrought that it’s difficult to put the book down. It’s one of those books that I will pick up again and again just to read a lovely passage or two.
August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Into The Storm by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Barbara Walsh is part memoir and part fiction. A story that takes the reader from family saga to seafaring tales of old and manages to be both touching and rousing! Walsh is a wonderful writer. It’s clear that this was a journey and story close to her heart; it is apparent on every page. I loved it.
The Good House by Ann Leary was a thoroughly fun book to read. I identified with the book’s protagonist immediately, a late-middle-age real estate broker, with an uncanny ability to peg people, living in a small New England town. Love Leary’s humor. Can’t wait for the movie!
The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman has just arrived. I’ve been looking forward to Hoffman’s latest for months. She’s one of my favorite authors and I’m dying to dive into this one. The cover alone is worth the price of admission! I’ve read nearly everything she’s written, and I’m completely in love with her writing style—magic! Her books are always close by. I return to them frequently, from the first one I ever read, Turtle Moon, to her most recent little book of inspiration, Survival Lessons. Hoffman never fails to transport and inspire me.
What’s in your to-be-read stack?