Goin' Coastal, thanks for the recommendation. Rules of Civility sounds interesting.
Kay, thanks to you too for mentioning 365 Thank Yous. It's timely as I have been having a running conversation with a friend lately on gratefulness and related topics.
Not too much to report on the book front. Since being on maternity leave the only novels I've read have been in Spanish. They've been quite good (though progress has been slow, as you'd expect with a young infant in the house! ), and I just started a new one that also looks promising - a family saga set in Barcelona. The last one I read, Donde nadie te encuentre, was a prize winner and maybe it'll be translated. Set in turbulent 1950s Spain, it was quite touching, sad, and just plain dark. At times I wondered why I kept reading it, but at the same time I knew I couldn't stop. Not a book I'll forget. I know there are others out there who read Spanish, and would recommend this as long as you're prepared for dark.
"If you're not chasing after miracles, what's the point?" The movie Saint Ralph
"What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine fine fine
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five" - Alanis Morisette, Hand in My Pocket