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December 2017 Reading List
December is made for reading. The fireplace is warm and inviting. The sofa is safe and comforting. My favorite throw is warm across my lap. The dog and cats are exhausted by the cold. So, here’s my December 2017 reading list. Please leave a comment about what’s on your reading list this December.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Sorry to be cliche, but I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love it so much I have 3 ways I enjoy it throughout December: I read the original, watch the 1951 version with Alastair Sim (above), watch Scrooged with Bill Murray, and listen to the audiobook read by Patrick Stewart. I don’t think this story has had more relevance than it holds this year.
Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spalls, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year by Mandy Mitchell
This is the book I wish I had when younger. I also wouldn’t mind being the author. It is laid out month-by-month, beginning in March with the Vernal Equinox, of course. It focuses on home and community building. Wouldn’t you know, each chapter begins with food choices and recipes perfect for the energy of that particular month. I highly recommend this book!
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Did you know that Tom Hanks collects typewriters? He even created an app called the Hanx Writer. It turns an iPad into a retro typewriter, with sound effects and all. You should check it out! Anyway, he has taken his obsession into another creative project, a book of 17 short stories with typewriters as the central ‘character’ in each. It’s next on my list, so I’ll leave my thoughts when I finish.
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
I’m re-reading Mudbound because it has recently been made into a full feature-length movie. I first read this story of the deep south in 2015 and loved it! I couldn’t believe no one I knew had read or was reading this book. It tells the story of a woman, Laura, who marries and moves from Memphis to a cotton farm in the-middle-of-nowhere Mississippi Delta. The exploration of gender and race run so deep and true to my experience I still walk around with the characters in my heart and soul. They are so real to me, Laura’s predicament so relatable, the racism so visceral, I am almost afraid to see the movie. I can’t imagine it being done justice by the screen. Let’s talk if you read it!
Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters
When your hero writes a book, you read it. Period. It also helps that my family bought me a Master Class series of lessons in seasonal cooking with Alice Waters, the one-woman force behind the seasonal eating movement in the United States. I know I’ll write about the course and will most likely wait until then to tie in my thoughts about this book. As a side recommendation, the Kitchen Sisters audio production of 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering is a must-listen. The performance is choreographed with readings by the actual characters in the book: Kermit Lynch, Wendell Berry, Marion Cunningham, and so many more voices create an optimistic picture of what one person, dedicated over decades can create for their community and the world.
Here are the links to the books and such~
And, in closing…
Here’s November’s reading list.
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