read: July list

Here’s a sampling of my reading list for the next few days/weeks. A novel by the author of “Winter’s Bone,” a book on single women in NYC (research for my book), a memoir about working in humanitarian aid, a history of surfing, a book about the aftermath of Katrina, a biography of Huguette Clark, and Edna O’Brien’s memoir, which I’m halfway through and adore. Not pictured (it’s on my iPad, no pretty spine) – Reza Aslan’s “Zealot,” a biography of Jesus, which I am *loving* and desperate to finish. I’m going out to Greenport, Long Island tomorrow morning for a bachelorette party, so in theory the long train ride will give me plenty of time to read–but in reality, I’ll probably gossip with Grace and read magazines.

It’s also possible I might have to be off the blog for a couple of days, so in the meantime, loyal reader, my review of Anthony Pagden’s “The Enlightenment and Why it Still Matters” is up at WaPo, one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write, as there was so much to get my head around and condense into 900 words. Enjoy?