A blind orphan girl aids the French resistance during WWII, a brilliant man finds his memory refreshes every eighty minutes, and a fearless female horse trainer and pilot is forced to forge a new life for herself under the Kenyan sun. These are just a few of the adventures waiting for you in Circling the Sun, The Housekeeper and the Professor, and All the Light We Cannot See.
Still not convinced? Here’s why these three books made my book recommendation list this month…
I was captivated by Paula Mclain’s novel The Paris Wife which told the story of Hemingway’s first wife from her perspective, so when I saw she had written another novel I had to read it. Circling the Sun is the story of Beryl Markham, a female aviator and horse trainer in the 1920’s.
Raised in colonial Kenya and married off far too early to a virtual stranger, Markham’s life is often dark and troubling, but her ability to supersede her circumstances and carve out a life of adventure for herself that was unheard of at the time for women is well worth the ride.
“You can’t chart a course around anything you’re afraid of. You can’t run from any part of yourself, and it’s better that you can’t…There is no way I could do any of this and remain the same.” CIRCLING THE SUN
I was an English major in college and have a history of hating math. However, this story of a woman who goes to work for a brilliant mathematician whose memory refreshes every 80 minutes due to an accident taught me how math can be beautiful, how it can have a story and a life of its own. I loved every minute of this seemingly simple but deeply engaging book.
“I uncovered propositions that existed out there long before we were born. It’s like copying truths from God’s notebook, though we aren’t always sure where to find this notebook or when it will be open…” THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR
This is the gorgeous and haunting story of young, blind French girl who finds herself orphaned during WWII and an unlikely aid to the French resistance in the seaside town where she spends the war. Meanwhile, a uniquely talented young German finds himself collected by the German cause, which wrecks havoc on his moral conscience the more his niche is developed.
The way their two stories eventually intertwine, mixed with the sense of fantasy that is lent to the story with the ‘myth’ of the Sea of Flames diamond made this book difficult to put down.
“She takes no notice of him; she seems to know nothing but the morning. This, he thinks, is the pure they were always lecturing about at Schulpforta. He presses his back against a wall. The tip of her cane just misses the toe of his boot. Then she’s past, dress swaying lightly, cane roving back and forth, and he watches her continue up the street until the fog swallows her.” ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
What are you reading this month?