Hi, all! Apologies for the radio silence– between all the books coming out this summer and a feverish toddler, the week got away from me. (On the calendar, it is Friday. In my head, it is still Tuesday.)
This week was mostly about reading for the World War I segment of the next stand alone. Among others:
— John Baxter, Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918, a combination social history and personal memoir of the author’s search for his grandfather’s World War I experience in Paris;
— Edith Wharton, Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort. From the author’s point of view, it was very considerate of Wharton to remain in France during World War I and then write about it;
— Nancy Green, The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941— lest one think they were all starving artists and writers;
— Mary McAuliffe, Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War. Speaking of those artists and writers….
After all this, I desperately need some good fiction. What have you been reading this week?