The April 2018 book is: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
My chain features sisters, visits to authors’ homes, unfinished classics, and seashells.
I really loved the historical details, characters, and setting of Memoirs of a Geisha, and I’d love to re-read it again soon. Another novel set in Japan in the late 1930’s is…
The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
Like Memoirs of a Geisha, The Makioka Sisters centers around young women trying to find their way in a changing world. I look forward to reading this beautifully written and engrossing story of four sisters.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Speaking of books about four sisters, is there one more beloved than Little Women? The time I spent with Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy created some of my favorite childhood reading memories. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, which was a dream come true.
The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton, Marion Mainwaring
During the same trip, I also made a literary pilgrimage to Edith Wharton’s stunning home in Lenox, MA. After touring The Mount and its grounds, I bought a copy of The Buccaneers in the gift shop. Sadly, this was Wharton’s final novel, and was left unfinished at the time of her death. It was later completed by another writer, as was…
Sanditon: Jane Austen’s Last Novel Completed by Jane Austen, Anne Telscombe, Marie Dobbs
Sandition, but for an Austen continuation this one is very good. Set in a fictional seaside resort town, the completed novel features comedic secondary characters, sea bathing, tea rooms, and a lovely romance.
The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World by Shelley Emling
Staying at the seaside during the Regency era, this nonfiction work looks at the remarkable life of Mary Anning, who discovered the first dinosaur fossil in 1811 along the cliffs of Lyme Regis. The popular tongue-twister “She sells seashells by the seashore” was inspired by Mary and her findings that captured the attention of the world. Speaking of shells…
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
The Shell Seekers is a generational saga whose title stems from an inherited painting that sparks lots of family drama. I can’t wait to escape to Cornwall and experience what many consider to be Rosamunde Pilcher’s best novel.
Where did your #6Degrees chain take you this month? Have you read any of these books?