Well, I finally finished my book for The Book Exchange book club at the library, and none too soon. Tomorrow it is due and the group will be meeting then. Entitled Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook has Gone Before, the book title says it all. Tony Horwitz follows in Captain Cook's footsteps...to Tahiti, to Tonga, to New Zealand, to Australia, and to Alaska, and to Hawaii...among other places. He interweaves his search for Cook with passages from Cook's journals. He also quotes others who have written their own commentary on Cook's journeys into unknown territories and lands, at least, at the time. Very interesting read, and I learned a great deal of history about the islands as well as about James Cook. While this book would have never probably made it to my reading list, I'm glad I read it.
In another Book Exchange (the name of the bookstore where the book signing took place on Saturday*) , I added a few new titles to my reading stack. About eight authors were there, and I bought two books. The first is by Louisa Edwards; it is called Can't Stand the Heat, a romance novel. The other is The Winds of Fall, a Science-fiction romance, written by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter. I'm not generally into science fiction, but thought I'd give it a try. These authors, as well as the others at the signing, live and work in Ohio. I like supporting grassroot writers, and this is one way to do so.
In the meantime, I am back to reading Elizabeth Spencer's The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales. I'm only a little of the way into the first novella and find the reading quite satisfactory. It is one of my "borrowed" books so need to finish it and get it back to a friend.*
* see previous post(s)
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