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With the “love” month approaching, I figured it would be a good time to catch up on all the Stephen King books I have neglected to read…. aww I jest I jest.

I have picked up several new/not so new books in the last week that I plan on reading. Hopefully you will grab one of them too and read along with me, don’t worry I won’t give a test.

Numero Uno… Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

(From the back) One of the most important works of twentieth century literature this 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom.

Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose . A true literary wonder, Hurston’s masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published, perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

Numero Dos…. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

(From the back) Thrity Umrigar has created two wonderfully sympathetic characters who do much to make India’s complex nature comprehensible…

This story intimately and compassionately told against the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay… the life of the privileged is harshly measured against the life of the powerless, but empathy and compassion are evoked by both strong women, each of whom is forced to make a separate choice.

Umrigar is a skilled storyteller and her memorable characters will live on for a long time.

Numero Tres…. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 

(info stole from wiki wiki wow wow…. I mean wikipedia) The main narrator of the story is a nine-year-old child, Oskar Schell, an intellectually curious, and sensitive child, possibly having Asperger syndrome, (which is on the Autistic spectrum). His father had died two years earlier on 9/11. He is a pacifist, a vegan, musician (he plays the tambourine), academically inclined, and above all, earnest. Oskar wanders New York, searching for the meaning of a strange key he finds inside a blue vase in his father’s closet. Two additional narrators, Oskar’s paternal grandparents, tell the story of their childhood, courtship, marriage, and separation before the birth of Oskar’s father; much of their story is presented as a series of letters addressed to Oskar or his father.

Numero umm… Four… The Art of Racing in the Rain by George Stein

(info grabbed from wikipedia) The novel follows the story of Denny Swift, a race car driver living in Seattle, and his dog Enzo, who believes in the Mongolian legend that a dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in his next life as a human. Enzo sets out to prepare, with The Seattle Times calling his journey “a struggle to hone his humanness, to make sense of the good, the bad and the unthinkable.”

Enzo spends his days watching and learning from television, gleaning what he can about his owner’s greatest passion, race car driving — and relating it to life. Enzo eventually plays a key role in Denny’s child-custody battle with his in-laws, and distills his observations of the human condition in the mantra “that which you manifest is before you.”

Pick em up, let’s read!