I love reading historical fiction, and Nomi Eve’s newest book Henna House is in my current to-be-read stack. Of course I had to ask her to share what books are on her nightstand. Not only did she send a terrific list, she even sent a photo of her adorable dogs!
As you can see from the photo, my stack of books isn’t on a nightstand, but in our front hall, keeping company with our dogs. Usually the stack of books lives upstairs by my bed, but the dogs are big readers, so I thought they should get into the shot.
My nightstand holds a real mix.
There’s George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which I have been avoiding re-reading for two years now. I loved this book twenty years ago and decided to re-read it, but can never quite get through the first few chapters.
Next up is a The Yemenite Cookbook, which I am reading in order to find recipes that match the foods I mention in my novel, Henna House. I am going to be doing some food-themed events and want to be able to supply recipes to book clubs.
The next book is John Searles’ Help For the Haunted which I recently read. If you haven’t read this one yet, pick it up. It is beguiling, creepy, and beautifully written.
Then I have a couple of my old favorites that I dip into every now and then for inspiration. There’s Three Junes by Julia Glass and Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon. I also have Lord of the Flies in my stack. I recently re-read this, and then recommended it to my 14 year old son who thought it was just terrible, but he couldn’t put it down, so how terrible is that?
Last but not least I have a book called Decoding Darkness by scientist Rudi Tanzi. My husband is an Alzheimer’s researcher and he used to work in Dr. Tanzi’s lab. I’ve never really understood what the heck my husband does, so I read Tanzi’s book in an effort not to feel quite so stupid at parties when there are lots of scientists around.
Thanks for sharing your list Nomi. I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who’s reading multiple books at a time.
Nomi Eve is the author of Henna House and The Family Orchard, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Brown University and has worked as a freelance book reviewer for The Village Voice and New York Newsday.
Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Voice Literary Supplement,Conjunctions, and The International Quarterly. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.