This week in reading

Continuing my summer reading posts, I’ve got two books to recommend this week.

The first is Mary Robinette Kowal’s Without a Summer, which is book 3 in her Glamourist Histories series.  The easiest way to describe these books is Jane Austen + magic, but really they’re so much more than that.  The attention to detail and history Kowal displays is truly remarkable.  And if you read and enjoyed the first two books in the series, there’s plenty to love here as Kowal continues to develop and deepen her character relationships.  Jane and Vincent are the highlight, of course.  One of the things I appreciate about this series is that it explores what happens after a couple falls in love and gets married.

After I finished Without a Summer, I moved on to New Orleans Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City, by Andrei Codrescu.  It’s a collection of funny and often poignant essays, a love letter to New Orleans.  I’m still in the middle of the book, but I’m finding each essay is like a little slice of a dream, the line between fantasy and reality blurred as Codrescu describes his adopted home.  As enjoyable as the book is, I’m glad that I picked it up after I’d visited the city, as the cultural and geographical references mean a lot more to me having walked some of those same streets.

So there you go.  Two very different books, but an equally satisfying reading experience.

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