Dear Great Book Guru, I am looking forward to the New Year
celebrations this weekend- the Sea Cliff Civic Association’s annual Holiday
Duck Hunt, the Children’s Library noon time ringing of the bells, and the Polar
Bear plunge - but I certainly would
like to end the year with a good book to read. Any recommendations? New Year’s Reveler
Dear New Year’s Reveler,
TRUST by Hernan Diaz has appeared on many best books list for 2022, so I
rushed to read it before the end of the year. It truly is a winner ! TRUST is actually four stories or really versions
of the same story so the reader is left “trusting” no one. The first hundred
pages are a novel within a novel “Bonds ”featuring 1920’s Wall Street mogul Benjamin Rask and his wife Helen. This book was supposedly a vastly successful
1937 bestseller that mysteriously disappeared
from book stores and libraries shortly after publication. The next section appears to be notes about the
story we have just finished – quickly followed by apparently a biography commissioned by Andrew Bevel-
purporting to be the trustworthy version of the “Bonds” tale. The final piece brings us to the 1980’s where the biographer Ida Partenza
discovers a memoir revealing yet another set of facts. What is the reader to believe or trust ? An amazing book and highly recommended!
Another book perfect for this time of year is local author
Anne Dupre’s WHERE DREAMS LIVE which opens with a hauntingly beautiful
description of the Nutcracker ballet and young Sarah’s fascination with the
world of dance.
Here’s to 2023 and a
year filled with many good books!