Entree: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. My choice for our book discussion group next month - an award-winning novel about an international group of strangers assembled to hear an acclaimed American soprano sing for a wealthy Japanese CEO's birthday. The group is taken hostage by a motley group of mostly teenage captors led by three scarred generals. Nothing goes as planned - for the captors, the soprano, the CEO.
Side: The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life by Harriet Lerner. I might have read this years ago, but now that I'm seeing motherhood through the lens of my daughters as mothers, it's very interesting to look at this again. Harriet Lerner is a smart cookie.
Side: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Essays by one of my favorite authors - mainly about the art and craft of writing.