Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac at 9AM on NPR, when I am in the car at that time. Otherwise, I read it online. He shares facts pertinent to the date about writers, scientists, and other famous people, then he reads a poem. It's always interesting, and the poems usually give me goosebumps, put tears in my eyes, or at the very least, make me nod with understanding. A while back, he mentioned E. Annie Proulx and her novel, The Shipping News. I remembered having seen the film adaptation back in the 90s and thought, "Now, I should read the book."
So, I did. What I like about Ms. Proulx's writing is how streamlined it is. Sparse, almost. Cut to the core. And so very effective. I love a book that is a page turner for me without a lot of action or cliff-hanging suspense (though, those are fun, too, I mean Outlander?!). It is all about character development and interaction (Austin, Bronte sisters, Gaskell, etc.). Mr. Keillor noted that Ms. Proulx immerses herself in a place before writing about it, in this case Newfoundland. I read a review of her book by a Newfoundlander who basically said she hit the nail on the head. It's a good read.
I have happy news...Adrienne at Some of a Kind is back! Please check out her Turn the page ... Tuesday post today for more good reads, to be sure!