Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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1. What are you currently reading? White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen. This fictional saga is set in the Chicago Tribune newsroom of the 1950s. It's fertile ground for a lot of topics: changing women's roles, a thriving newspaper business (at this time, Chicago had four major dailies), and the machine politics of Da Mare, Boss Richard J. Daley. So far I'm enjoying it very much. Ms. Rosen clearly loves what she's writing about. I appreciate her eye for details and the way she captures the spirit of a very young girl at the beginning of her career.
2. What did you recently finish reading? Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins. Happy to report it's written very much in the spirit of the late Robert B. Parker. Boston is a sports town and Spenser is a former jock, so a mystery with a Patriots backdrop works very well. There's a lot at stake here -- the welfare of a child -- which kept me riveted. If you like the Spenser series, you'll have fun with this book. All your favorite characters are here (and Susan manages to not annoy me).
3. What will you read next? Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan. I loved, LOVED the first volume of Kaplan's epic Sinatra biography, which ended with the Oscar for From Here to Eternity, so I'm really looking forward to finishing the story.