Books I'm reading or will read next on kindle or from my book basket. Odds and ends I collect.
Leaves from the Past. 1872. (book cover)
It’s the height of the Gilded Age, but Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline.
During the two years that she studied in Brussels, Charlotte had a taste of life’s splendors travel, literature, and art. Back home in Yorkshire, duty-bound to a blind father and an alcoholic brother, Charlotte refuses to sink into hopelessness. With her sisters, Emily and Anne, she conceives a plan to earn money and pursue a dream: The Brontës will publish. In childhood the Brontë children created fantastical imaginary worlds; now the sisters craft novels quite unlike anything written before.
Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement: Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it -- forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to move in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement community that is home to thousands of senior citizens. Early Bird is an irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately warmhearted account of Rodney's journey deep into the heart of retirement.