Picks by Ann Windes
Bedtime reading is a ritual. No matter how late, how tired, or where I might be in the world–I always read before bed. Tonight, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett will be the novel that will whisk me away to the far off corners of my imagination. The story takes place in South America where a lavish birthday party is taken over by terrorists. The perspectives of the terrorists and hostages become intertwined as they evolve.
My high school history teacher (from 20 years ago) often meets with me to talk about books. He knows I enjoy historical literature and adventurous stories. So, he quite enthusiastically let me have (not just borrow) the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s dark journey down the Amazon after losing his third attempt at the presidency in 1912. River of Doubt put me to sleep after just a few pages, but I am determined to finish it before we get together again.
My husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts, and we savor good novels about people who do extraordinary adventures in nature. A few times a week before bed we read a book aloud (well, more like he reads it to me). Right now we have just started The Places In Between, a memoir about a man who walked across Afghanistan surviving on his knowledge of Persian dialects, Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers.
With these types of adventure stories stacked on my bedside table, I usually fall asleep and drift into dreamscapes that allow me to run wild and be daring in a way that I am not able to while awake.
Ann Windes is the sober memoirist of Journey to the Heart of Pachamama: One Woman’s Travels Through Love, Sobriety and Volunteering in Peru. A high school teacher and certified life coach, Windes balances her time between motivational speaking engagements, facilitating Dreamscaping seminars, and planning grand adventures with her husband. She resides in Redondo Beach, California.
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