I am so pleased because, not one, not two, but three of my favorite living writers are coming out with new books soon. One is Reeve Lindbergh whose books I love. Have you read her memoir, Under A Wing? Or her fictionalized version of her mother's declining mental abilities, Names of the Mountains? Perhaps her very best book is No More Words, A Journal of my Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. She really is an exquisite writer and her kind, gentle spirit infuses each page. The new book, coming out the first of April, is called Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age - And Other Unexpected Adventures. Since Reeve is just three years older than I, you may guess that I will read this with great interest. She doesn't live too far away, and was to give a talk about the new book at a local library this winter. We couldn't go because of (surprise) bad weather, but I just found out it has been rescheduled, and I'm delighted.
She has also written many wonderful books for children and here is an old newspaper clipping of Reeve signing The Midnight Farm for my then three-year-old son.
And Rick Bragg also has a new book coming out, The Prince of Frogtown, about his father. Just this year, I re-read All Over But The Shoutin' and Ava's Man, and again marveled over the way this man can write. It comes out in May, and I am thrilled.
The third is the latest installment in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith, called The Miracle of Speedy Motors. This one comes out in April. I so love spending my reading time with Mma Ramotse, or Isabel Dalhousie, or the residents (former and present) of 44 Scotland Street.
So, a happy reading spring, indeed!