Summer books are the best kind, I think. They’re meant to be read simply for the some decadent pleasure. Recently when I was reading the liner notes on my dad’s Fountains of Rome album, I noticed several quotes from a Bloomsbury Group writer, Elizabeth Bowen. In 1960 she published a book called “A Time in Rome.” She makes the city sound magic.
It was April. The idle yet intense air smelled of honey; Rome shimmered below with hardly a stir, and bluer than the sky were the Alban hills….
It is impossible, in spring, to walk too often on the Appian Way,
under the cumulus piling into the blue…
I found a used copy of “A Time in Rome” on Amazon.com. It arrived yesterday, and I’m so excited to get started on it. I’m also reading another delicious book, “Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes,” by Elizabeth Bard. It’s very clever and funny.
Speaking of Paris, I wanted to tell you some exciting news: A high school student from Paris will be spending most of the summer with us! I’m busily fixing up our extra room for her now. She’s coming to perfect her English, and we’re looking forward to learning French. Her name is Emma. We can’t wait to meet her in person! I will keep you posted on her arrival.
Meanwhile, back to my original question:
What are you reading this summer?
PS: Above photos from here.