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I’m a little light on the links this week, as some over-zealous landscapers snipped our cable earlier this week and we were offline for two days. It’s amazing how disorienting it was! I’m feeling a little behind in all areas of life, since I work from home and wasn’t able to connect during that time. Maybe the long weekend will give me an opportunity to catch up on other blogs, and my own!
In case you missed it, this week I posted 30 Historical Fiction Novels for Your Reading Bucket List. So many of these are related to wars, this list seems particularly relevant over Memorial Day weekend.
Links I Loved
The Trouble with Hating Ernest Hemingway – Signature
This article by Paula McClain was timely, as I just finished her book Love and Ruin. I have mixed feelings about the book, and they are admittedly tied to my mixed feelings about Hemingway. Her empathy for the man was clear in Love and Ruin, and while I didn’t quite reach the levels that she did, I do appreciate her view of him as a complex, wounded person (and not just as a brutish misogynist).
It also brought to mind my overly-sentimental high school heartbreak after watching the movie In Love and War, about Hemingway’s doomed young love with war nurse Agnes (wonder how well that movie has aged!). So maybe I have empathy for the heartbroken young Hemingway but wish he would have grown up and past his bitterness toward women? Not sure, but I’m always up for challenging my own knee-jerk reactions.
Top 10 World War II Novels – Never Enough Novels
This list is actually from last week, but I wanted to include it this week as a companion to my historical fiction list. A few of the books on Rachel’s list are also on mine, but there are others that I still want to read. There is just so much ground to cover in World War II; it’s no wonder there are so many novels set in that time.
Vote for America’s Favorite Book – PBS
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite books for The Great American Read! You can vote for each book once per day, so you can vote for all of your favorites. See the list of books and the details on voting. Share what you’re voting for!
Hope you’re reading something great over the long weekend!