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I seem to be experiencing a bout of writer’s block : I haven’t read anything really worth mentioning since last week, the latest film I have seen has not been released outside France yet and the nicest dish I have cooked lately comes from Mimi’s recipes hence my relative silence for the past few days. Thus I am turning to you my dear readers:

What are you reading?

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  1. This has been such a busy week (B”H, all good things) that I haven’t had time for any offline or non-work-related reading. But I’m looking forward to a nice, quiet, relaxing, and hopefully book-filled Shabbat… 🙂

  2. We all get this way, at times…feeling as if we have nothing to write about. It will pass in time. On the positive side…it gives us a bit of a respite…which we often need.

    I am in the middle of reading David Grossman’s To the End of the Land.

  3. Ooo, good timing! I just finished a slew of good books.

    They are:
    Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas – a humorous account of a young Iranian girl and her family’s immigration to America in the 70s
    What is the What – based on a true story and written by Dave Eggers, this is the account of a Sudanese refugee’s life. It’s heavy, but was a compelling read
    Crossing Antarctica, by Will Steger – a true story, written through diary entries, of an international team which traversed the southern continent via dogsled and skis.
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – this was a charming read, written in letters and based in the 40s in Britain
    The Outside World by Tova Mirvis – an interesting read, story of a shidduch and all the different parts which come together. A fairly honest appraisal of different types of Jews.

    Good luck with your writer’s block!

  4. Oh, I am so thrilled by three of the books in that photo. (Fistful of Lentils, A Book That Was Lost, The Cookbook Collector). I can’t tell what’s under the prayer book.

    I just took David Copperfield out of the library, as well as a biography of Edith Wharton. I’ll report back what I think later.

    “Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas” – this sounds great.

    • These are the books I took on holiday in August. The one you can’t see was written by a French primary school teacher. It is a year-long diary of a typical school year.
      Loking forward to you “report”.

      • I read the first few pages of the Edith Wharton biography – enthralling! She was gifted as a young girl and taught herself to read before her father could teach her the alphabet. I’m looking forward to the rest of it.

        We saw a Shakespeare play at her home in the Berkshires several years ago. She came from a wealthy family named Jones – as in, “keeping up with the Joneses.”

  5. I am so glad I’m not the only one with writer’s block!
    For spiritual inspiration I’m reading Rabbi Jonathan Sack’s book “To heal a fractured world”. I only read morsels at a time, as I don’t want the book to finish!
    I have just finished reading War and Peace (for the second time). It’s a pretty hard act to follow and I’ve been hovering over my bookshelves wondering “What next?”. So thanks to your commentators for all the ideas. Blessings to you.

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