Carin Siegfried’s Reads
Carin Siegfried is a freelance book editor in Charlotte, the founder of the Charlotte chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, and Vice-President of WNBA (National). Here in her own words are the books on her nightstand.
What’s on my nightstand? This question was asked with perfect timing as the answer normally is just the book I’m currently reading, and Life With Jeeves, which lives there semi-permanently. But just last week, I made an actual stack as the end of the year is approaching and I have books that need to be
read. I’m worried they’ll get lost in the shuffle if I’m distracted by another, shiny book.
Right now I am reading The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch. The author is going to be at an event in town in a couple of weeks that I have helped coordinate, called Bibliofeast. It’s a moveable feast of authors organized by my local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association to celebrate National Reading Group Month (October). I always try to have a couple of the books read in advance as I am the founder of the chapter and do a lot of chatting with authors at the event itself. I normally lean towards the nonfiction selections both because I suspect the majority of our attendees are likely to be fiction readers, and also because I am a big lover of memoirs, so it works out perfectly.
Losing My Sister: A Memoir by Judy Goldman is the other Bibliofeast book I plan to read in advance, and is the other nonfiction book out of the nine featured. The author is local and a friend of a friend, but I’ve also been impressed with how many times I’ve run across the book (The author was on our local PBS last weekend!), considering that the publisher is quite small. Just goes to show that sometimes a small press who really believes in a book is the best way to go.
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay is written by the president of the Boston chapter of the WNBA, who I met and really enjoyed talking with last summer
at our annual National meeting. It was also one of the first times that I met an author, she told me the title of her book, and I said, “I recognize that.” When I got home, I bought it at my local independent bookstore right away (where I got the two above books, too) and have been eagerly awaiting a time to read it. It’s thick, which is a big reason I haven’t gotten to it yet, but I’d like to at least get it started before the end of October.
Just Kids by Patti Smith is for my book club. And it was my suggestion. We try to read one non-fiction each year, and I thought this one would be
appealing to everyone and have good discussion topics, particularly given the excellent reviews and awards it’s gotten. This copy had been sitting on my shelf for a long time so it is also a way to get myself to read it.
The Dig Tree: The Story of Burke and Wills by Sarah Murgatroyd I bought in Australia this summer. When I was in Australia the first time, in 1986, I read a children’s version of this history and I loved it. The tragic and yet comic story of these midguided explorers attempting to cross the Outback came up a few times on the trip and it seems time I knew the real (grown-up) version of what really happened.
Life with Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse has been on my nightstand since Jan 8, 2009, according to Goodreads. It’s something I reserve for really, truly bad days when I desperately need to read something silly that will make me laugh. It’s a very good thing that I’m not through this book, as that shows I’ve not had many of those days! It is a compilation of Right Ho, Jeeves, The Inimitable Jeeves and Very Good, Jeeves.
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