Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sunday Salon - After Rubicon
How do you decide what to read after you've finished a perfect book? I just finished Lawrence Alexander's political thriller, Rubicon. For those of us who are suspicious of the motivations and moves of the current administration, this book hits home. The story of an honest Senator, trying to find his way through lies and deception to find the truth behind political assassinations, is a fascinating book. Political junkies should definitely read this novel, particularly in an election year. How much truth is behind this novel? The reader will have to decide.
So, after finishing Rubicon, or any terrific book, I have a hard time settling into the next book. I usually sample, a little of this one, and a little of that, to find one that I can enjoy after the last good one. Although I have at least fifty books in my closet, these are the ones I picked for the short stack today.
After the political nature of Rubicon, maybe I should dip into Sara Paretsky's nonfiction book, Writing in an Age of Silence. According to the book jacket, "Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparalleled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today." It would certainly fit the spirit of Rubicon.
Or, I might look back, with Kenneth C. Davis' book, America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation. It's another book that would be a logical successor to Rubicon.
I'm tempted by the cover of Billie Letts' latest novel, Made in the U.S.A. It's one
of the most attractive covers I've seen in a long time. It's the story of two abandoned children searching for a family and a place to call home.
Or, I could go back to Maryann McFadden's The Richest Season, the book I set aside when Janet Evanovich's latest book, Fearless Fourteen, arrived. It's the story of a corporate wife who has had enough with moving, and packs up to move to Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
Decisions, decisions. It's a tough choice for a Sunday morning, but I think I can handle it. How do you decide what you'll read after you finish one of those books that you put down with a sigh of happiness?