Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method, I’ve been folding shirts and finding joy in mindless tasks. The book – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – caused a decluttering craze when it was first published, but I avoided it. When short clips appeared on You Tube and Netflix, however, I succumbed and found solace in folding pants and shirts.
When Kondo proclaimed books were not to be kept but donated or – horrors – thrown away, I immersed myself in my overflowing bookshelves to read a few waiting to be read; I made a dent in the stack – soon to be filled with other books. None warranted a review, but you might find some distraction in them:
That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron
A rambling historical fiction with Winston’s mother, Jennie, as the heroine.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
When the New York Times featured the 25th Anniversary edition, I found a copy – full of lists and advice. My “creative soul” couldn’t finish it.
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
For dog lover’s everywhere, this touching first person account of a woman who almost loses her rent controlled New York City apartment when she adopts the Great Dane of a friend who died, has the dog as the hero who saves her life – of course.
Those Who Knew by Idra Novey
One of my book clubs is about to discuss this one – a timely and harrowing story of a woman who was abused in her youth by a politician now climbing the ladder of power and success. Set in an unnamed South American island nation, the story is topical and disturbing.
And now, my library wait list finally delivered a book by one my favorite authors – Eleanor Lipman’s Good Riddance. With a nod to Marie Kondo, Lipman acknowledges the fear may of us have after shredding and throwing items away – what if you disposed of something you should have kept? I’ve stopped tidying and starting reading.