Sometimes we overlook what's happening in our own backyard. For example, in the early 1900s, Wilbur and Orville Wright were making aviation history in Dayton, Ohio but the government and local press couldn't be bothered. Undeterred by local disinterest, the industrious brothers insisted a powered flying machine could become a reality. To help pay for mounting expenses, they started a thriving bicycle shop. Despite their successful test runs and achievements with powered flights, the press and the local community offered a collective yawn. How then did the Wright brothers achieve fame and fortune? To find out, read this excellent book.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Tanya Pitts Dubois’ marriage to Frank ends when he lies dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home. This is also when Tanya Pitts Dubois ceases to exist and becomes Amelia Keen—after placing a phone call to a mysterious Mr. Oliver. With $5,000 and a new identification as Amelia from Mr. Oliver, the former Tanya Pitts begins her off-the-grid journey from Wisconsin to Austin, Texas, where she meets a bartender named Blue (Debra Maze). Blue recognizes the look of a fellow fugitive, offers her a place to stay, and switches identities with her. The hunted/haunted Tanya-turned-Amelia-turned-Debra leaves town and ping-pongs from one location to another, trying on and discarding one identity after another—sometimes in the matter of minutes—with a terrified intensity. Added to this fascinating scramble to fly below the radar are some old emails between “Ryan” and “Jo” that begin to create a picture—but a picture of what? All is revealed by the end of this satisfying, intense, and intriguing psychological thriller.
M Train by Patti Smith
Rarely, if ever, do I read a book in dribs and drabs but M Train changed my cover to cover reading style. Wherever the book fell open I read and drifted with the author from coffee shop to coffee shop, country to country, floating on her beautiful prose. Her life, books, travels, relationships, and innermost thoughts transport you; the mundane becomes eloquent.
A poetic memoir, a haunting homage to life, music, art, and memories; Patti Smith a tour de force.