Monday, April 16, 2012


So can we just pretend that there has not another big break in our blogging? Internet/electricity issues aside, I do have good intentions about staying connected to folks with ol' Viva Pierre- patience please! The following entry was written offline awhile back and I suppose it is also a reflection of how electrical issues direct our free time!

This picture is not as staged as it looks! I was reading it while Gus was falling asleep and then couldn't resist taking the photo. The book has been one of many that I've enjoyed over the past year with a setting in Africa. For a lady with a silly nickname and an even more outrageous perm, she is a stirring writer who has had some remarkable adventures. At several points when reading about her encounters with wildlife or interactions with elusive tribal people, I have thought, 'Wow, I want to go to Africa one day.'

Here's a list of others I've read this year-

Fiction listed in increasing order of gravity:
Baking Cakes in Kigali
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa
Poisonwood Bible
Purple Hibiscus gets an honorable mention b/c I actually read it years ago and would highly recommend it

Charming memoirs:
Twenty Chickens for a Saddle
Esther's Story
Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight (also read years ago as a choice of my Memphis DAM bookclub, terrific)

Heartbreaking memoirs:
What is the What
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Non-fiction (Gosh, Coy's right...I probably need to read more non-fiction!):
King Leopold's Ghost
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

Any recommendations? My choices are primarily based on what I can snag from other people's bookshelves!