Carole Barrowman knows a thing or two about good books and enjoying time with family. During the pandemic she has been connecting with her out of state grandkids with "Granma School", reading and sharing with them the books that make her smile. The kids love them too!
Through her research she has found some titles that will enchant even the most reluctant readers while having quality family time! Carole is here to share the books that bring her and her family joy, and might even make your loved ones pop a grin too!
Books to bring comfort and joy this winter:
1. "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott - The title pretty much says everything you need to know about this book. Lamott gives advice about how to write and live well. I encourage all my students to read it, no matter what their major. It’s also a book that I turn to often when I’m writing, and, when I do, I always feel better. Lamott’s voice is equal parts your snarky sister, your favorite and funniest teacher, and your best friend who always cheers you on in everything you do.
2. "Charlotte’s Web" by EB White - This may be one of the most comforting novels in literature. I know lots of folks (especially English teachers) who reread it on a yearly basis. It’s about perseverance and wonder, friendship and love, loss and remembrance– all the things that matter most. If you’ve only seen the film adaptations, find a copy and read it with a friend.
3. "Why I Wake Early" by Mary Oliver - Often when I’m feeling a bit fraught, I read poetry. Oliver was (and perhaps still is) one of America’s best-selling poets. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1984. With straightforward language and accessible imagery and symbolism, her poems explore the ordinary moments in our lives and the beauty in the natural world. She exalts them in joyous ways. This is one of my favorite collections of hers.
4. "The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy" by Mackenzie Lee - My first three comfort books have been on my shelves for a few decades, but this one is a recent edition. Set in 18th century Europe, this charming and funny historical novel is about a young woman, Felicity Montague, who wants to be a doctor. Not happening easily. The book has a wonderful cast of rambunctious characters and a wildly entertaining story. It’s a wonderful romp.
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