When I was young, my family lived with my grandmother for a time in Washington, D.C. , in one of the old neighborhoods with houses of colonial brick and Italianate stucco. Grandmother’s house was a colonial, with perfect symmetry: a window on each side of the front door, three windows across the top, and a little pediment decorating the top of the entry. The house was in a neighborhood with a dizzying array of similarly designed houses, on blocks and blocks of numbered and alphabetically-named streets. I memorized the address – as every city child should do – and can recite it to this day.
I have been, like all of us, desperate to make a difference, escape isolation, connect during this time of coronavirus. I have observed during my spring classes on Zoom what a tremendous difference it makes for me and others to simply connect through writing–even on social media. I am not good at making masks. But I’m good at making prompts. So that’s the public service offering I make here, to help us get through this time:
12 weeks. 12 prompts. 12 reading suggestions.
Another practice I’ve returned to in recent months is reading for pleasure – every day. I have allowed my early morning hour to be consumed by sitting in an upstairs room in a comfortable chair, a pillow on my lap, a lamp shining down, and a favorite book – or a new book – propped there. Books from my shelves – and new releases by authors I admire – will provide the inspiration for the weekly prompts. Read more
Dear Kitchen Table Writers,
Below is a list of summer reading I plan to do — and I recommend for you. I’ve dipped into each of these and am eager to find a hammock somewhere and read for hours on end. Share your reading list in the comments!
Summer Reading List
Let Me Out Here, by Emily Pease, What Luck, This Life, by Kathryn Schwille, The Shaman of Turtle Valley, by Cliff Garstang, Magnetic Girl, by Jessica Handler, Nice People, by David Jauss, A Delicious Country, by Scott Huler (nonfiction). I’m sure I’ll read more!
Do you have a book you read every summer? Mine: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis. Read more