Reading Wrap-up July 2018
I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share some of the other books I've been reading lately.
I love biographies and J. Randy Taraborelli has become my favorite biographer. I haven't read all his work yet but I've read two (Sinatra and Jackie, Janet and Lee) and am working on the third (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) and all of them are very well done. Taraborelli is a story-telling artist.
I have been fascinated by the royal family since Charles and Diana married. I remember watching the wedding with my mom and realizing for the first time that princesses really did exist outside of fairy tales. I enjoyed reading about Camilla and Penny Junor is a talented writer. I loved this description of Camilla's childhood home in The Duchess:
“the ivy-clad house sits on a slight incline at the end of a gravel driveway, in complete seclusion, surrounded by five acres of garden, with fields belonging to the neighbouring farm beyond. It’s big but not grand, essentially a comfortable family home, with light, airy rooms, high ceilings and open fireplaces where log fires crackled in winter.”
Doesn't that paint a lovely picture?
The Insulin Express was not what I expected. I was thinking it was exclusively about sugar and diabetes and what is does to the body, etc, etc. It's more a travel memoir mixed with medical information about Type 1 diabetes. Liebermann became diabetic while he and his wife were traveling around the world. And seeking medical care in foreign, remote locations is dicey. It took me a couple chapters to get into the story but once I did, I was hooked. (If you Kindle Unlimited, you can read The Insulin Express for free.)
Do you have any favorite biographies or memoirs? Please, share with me in the comments. I would love to add them to my tbr list.