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What I’m Reading (February 2014)

The first part of the month wasn’t looking so good for reading as I started and quickly gave up on a couple of books I didn’t enjoy. It happens every once in a while, but the quality soon picked up.

Best book of the month: Wiley Cash has received quite a bit of praise for his second book, This Dark Road To Mercy, and all of the attention is deserved. His books are novels about the south with characters reminiscent of a Flannery O’Connor story. This Dark Road To Mercy is about a has-been baseball player who finds and steals a duffel bag full of money from the wrong people. He sees the money as his opportunity to be the father he’s never been and to do so he kidnaps his daughters out of foster care. The story follows the father and his daughters as he tries to outrun the people trying to get the money and his daughters.

Having enjoyed his second novel so much, I read his first novel, A Land More Kind Than Home. Again, he writes about families breaking up and coming together, but this time he does so against the backdrop of church where the people participate in snake-handling as part of their worship. One woman dies in the church and later a boy is killed in a healing service. The deaths rip apart a family and a sheriff is tasked with finding out what happened.

Ping-Pong Diplomacy by Nicholas Griffin is the historical account of Ping-Pong and its role in international affairs. An influential Britain saw Ping-Pong as an opportunity to spread communism and later the Ping-Pong championships played a significant role in establishing communication between China and the United States.

The second novel in the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo, Cockroaches, has been translated and released. As with all the other titles in the series, it was an outstanding crime novel.

For the past few years, we’ve traveled to Destin, Florida for a week-long vacation. Last year, I walked into a bookstore and stumbled upon a book about the area, which I didn’t know had long been referred to as the Redneck Riviera. It took me a few months, but I finally got around to reading the history of the book. It was quite interesting to see how the area grew and developed, sometimes in accordance with people’s wishes and at other times in spite of them. The book is The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera by Harvey Jackson III

Other books I read this month: Devotion by Dani Shapiro (a memoir of belief and the struggle to do so), Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala (one woman’s account of being the lone family survivor of a tsunami), The Color of Blood by Declan Hughes (a crime novel), and  Inside the Peloton by Nicholas Roche.

In March, publishers are releasing a slew of books that I’ve been eagerly awaiting. It should be a good month for reading.

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