This is a first in a long time. I read not one, not two but three books in May! OK, they were slim volumes, but still! 😉
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Please Say Kaddish For Me was a page-turner. Though a most difficult subject, Rochelle managed to weave throughout all the horror, a lot of beauty. Her characters were, except for one, all easily fallen in love with. Through her blog, I was able to read many of her character studies and learnt that this story was based on a true one. All the more difficult. A story of survival, of love, of moving forward despite the hardships and pain, Please Say Kaddish For Me was at times cringe-worthy followed by joyful tears. I couldn’t put it down.
As a result of not being able to put it down, I found myself in the month of May with 16 more days to read! So, I remained in the Jewish experience by finally reading Elie Wiesel’s Night. I could not put this one down either. I can’t believe I had it in my bookshelves for so many years without picking it up. Go figure. 16-year-old Elie, deeply religious, ends up going through many concentration camps with his father, slowly losing his beliefs. The horrible things he goes through and manages to survive are just beyond imagination. This one too, I gobbled up in no time.
Still had a few days left in the month so I picked up Michael J. Fox’ sliver of a book A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future. I needed some lighter reading… I had read his “Lucky Man” years ago and knew I was in for a good read. I didn’t realize this was a book directed at graduates (kind of ironic, considering he never graduated high school; well, he did get his GED). His goal was to encourage graduates to recognize opportunities and go with the flow in life. He compares formal education of various subjects (economics, physics, geography, to name a few) to real-life learnings. I enjoyed it. Took me a day and a half to read it but I had no choice. I had cakes to make!
Sooo… what to read for June?
Time for dreaming. Summer is ’round the corner, after all. Having read the first two “Tuscany” books by Frances Mayes, I know I am totally going to love Every Day in Tuscany. Between her lovely prose and her wonderful recipes, I’ll just imagine myself there – until I get there for “realz”!