Wednesday, March 05, 2014


To play along, just answer the following three questions ...

• What are you currently reading? Top Down by Jim Lehrer. It's the story of Van Walters, a fictitious Secret Service agent who made the decision on 11/22/63 -- the plastic bubble top stays down and President Kennedy rides through Dallas in a completely open car. So far it seems to be about the depression and guilt Mr. Walters suffers, rather than a historic "if only" tale. I read, and was very moved by, the recollections of a real-life Secret Service agent, Mrs. Kennedy and Me, and am interested in seeing how fiction compares to life. This book jumped to the top of the pile because it's from Amazon Vine and I promised to review it promptly.
• What did you recently finish reading? Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. An epic story that takes us from Rome to Edinburgh to Hollywood to Seattle and the midwest. It covers decades as well as miles and introduces us to some very unique and lovingly drawn characters.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Time for non-fiction. After Visiting Friends by Michael Haney. A reporter wants to know the truth about his father died many years ago at the young age of 35.

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  1. Anonymous3:26 PM

    I'd borrowed Top Down from the library when it first came out, but I never got to it. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it!

  2. Interesting premise in Top Down. Hope it's good.