Zora and Langston is proving a much slower read than I would have thought. There are so many interesting elements about the Harlem Renaissance, about Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes and their backgrounds and their writing that I find it strange that I keep putting it down and reading something else. Maybe it is that creepy vibe concerning Charlotte Osgood Mason, their patron, that puts me off. Maybe it is that I know Zora and Langston's friendship will end badly. Maybe it has something to do with details that slow down the narrative, i.e. concerning the trip through the South.
Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson was great fun, after I finally settled in. Dance of Thieves, the first in the series, was a fantasy full of action and suspense with well-drawn characters, and Vow of Thieves was as good or better. I'm working on the review which will be scheduled for closer to the publication date in August, but I loved this YA fantasy.
If you are interested in WWII, The Liberation of Paris by Jean Edward Smith is one of those nonfiction histories that wouldn't let me read slowly. Usually nonfiction is a slower process for me, but the way Eisenhower, De Gaulle, and Von Choltitz managed to keep Paris from being destroyed was fascinating reading. Hitler wanted Paris "defended to the last man" and the city left in rubble, but thankfully the destruction of the city was avoided by some serious maneuvering on the parts of three men. (Not without the help of others.)
I've written and scheduled this review, but for those interested in WWII, I highly recommend it.
Candace Robb's A Conspiracy of Wolves is as good as her previous books in the Owen Archer series set in the 14th century. Her research is impeccable, and her characters, plots, and writing make her one of my favorite historical mystery writers.
These are my favorites so far this month; there have been a couple of others that were good.
This is National Letter Writing Month and National Poetry Month, and I've been writing letters and reading poetry. Well, I do some of both every month, but this month I'm trying to do more. I've also included some excerpts from song lyrics on some of my mail because I do think Paul Simon is a poet. You can find April's first outgoing mail at Bayou Quilts.
And since I found some Will Rogers postage stamps, using quotes from Will Rogers illustrates how little people and politics have changed:
“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like.”
“I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”