Entree: Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President by Allen C. Guelzo. It's been a year since the last book on Lincoln I read, so now I'm starting this "intellectual biography" about how his ideas on religion, philosophy, and politics changed over his lifetime.
Side: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This young adult novel was a National Book Award Finalist and has a 10th anniversary edition, so I'm going find out what it's all about.
Side: Lucky in the Corner by Carol Anshaw. Fern picked out Lucky from a shelter back when she was a child. Now she's a college student living with her mother, Nora, and realizing that Nora is cheating on her partner, Jeanne. Lucky is growing old, but his last days bring about new understanding between mother and daughter. Fun to see all the Chicago references!
Side: Very Valentine by Adriana Trigani. This author is a favorite for my book club, so now we're reading this one about the custom shoe business run by an Italian family in modern day New York City.
Sidet: The Best Spiritual Writing: 2010 Some of the authors in this collection grabbed me: Seamus Heaney, Diane Ackerman, John Updike, Rick Bass.
Dessert: Amarcord - Marcella Remembers: The Remarkable Life Story of the Woman Who Started Out Teaching Science in a Small Town in Italy, but Ended Up Teaching America How to Cook Italian by Marcella Hazan. I love food memoirs, and this one looks promising.