Do you have your books picked out for the weekend? Today author Patti Callahan Henry shares the books on her nightstand. She even sent us a photo of her gorgeous nightstand! Check out what she’s reading, and make sure you pick up a copy of her new book The Idea of Love (read an excerpt). Take it away Patti!
My nightstand is full of books, overflowing to underneath where I keep a second stack. On top I keep the books I am reading at the moment, a candle from Notre Dame, a photo of my daughter and a crystal that an author friend gave me. There is also a notebook for jotting things down, photos of Paris taken by my daughter and framed, and a baseball card of my son in Cooperstown. It’s a mishmash usually obstructed by books.
Right now I’m reading At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. It’s a novel full of lore and magic and history. A love story mixed with adventure and friendship in WWII.
I’m also dipping into a book that was given to me as a gift, titled What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund. He is a book jacket illustrator and he wrote this book, full of evocative illustrations, an exploration into how we visualize images while reading. I am loving this book, dipping into it and finding gems.
And finally, non-fiction I am reading The Anticancer Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber. This book was written by a man who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was given only months to live. Years later he was still lecturing and talking about the findings in this book.
Patti Callahan Henry’s new book is titled The Idea of Love. This novel is an exploration of love through a screenwriter desperate for a story and a woman desperate for a new life. Together they make the perfect liars. They lie because they are desperate, and they need and want a change and don’t know how to go about doing so. They are floundering. Henry wanted to explore how they could possibly come together and get to know each other, while presenting false selves. There is pretense on both sides, but also enough honesty that they come to know each other. Would the lying prevent love from showing up?