SUMMER READING | It’s here, time to open a book or three (or more!) this summer. The LA Times has a great list of new fiction, mysteries, memoirs and even something written by Ja Rule…Get reading (and earn some prizes at the SFPL while you’re at it)!
This mother’s bookish parenting advice is the best:
"Have lots of books in your house. Books you own, books you swap with friends, books you borrow from the library. Having a browsing collection for your kids invites exploration, on their time and in their most comfortable space."
Rose Merlin, program outreach librarian, San Francisco Public Library, and her daughter Dahlia, 3.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.
The Signature of All Things | Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame takes a stab at historical fiction revolving around the life of botanist and scientific thinker Alma Whittaker in the early 1800s. Spanning the globe and Alma’s lifespan — and her family’s history — this book is in no way concise, but you are drawn into her and her father’s world of discovery, and it’s pretty exciting. Plus there’s massive amounts of sexual tension, which makes for a compelling read. There’s also beautiful plant and flower illustrations which deserve a long gaze. Lots of quotable moments throughout the book. Here are some:
From birth to death, Beatrix had always taught that one must exude credibility, forbearance, and restraint.
Beatrix admired the useful over the vapid, the edifying over the entertaining. She was suspicious of anything one might call “an innocent amusement,” and quite detested anything foolish or vile. Foolish and vile things included: public houses, rouged women…New Year’s Eve celebrations (the new year will arrive one way or another, regardless of all that bell-ringing)…
There were those who loved Tahiti because it felt to them like — like the beginning of history — but Alma did not wish to live at the beginning of history; she wished to live within humanity’s most recent moment, at the cusp of invention and progress.