It is hard to imagine it has been 12 days since the earthquake in Haiti - I continue to be dismayed by the devastation there and it is overwhelming to consider how the country and its people will come back from this - the medical and housing needs alone are staggering. I have been encouraged in moving through the book blogs this week to see that the tragedy in Haiti is top of mind for the book bloggers.
I saw two excellent posts highlighting Haitian authors- Melanie at lit*chick put together a list of books by Haitian authors or featuring Haiti. Her list includes some excellent books for children. Check out her list for some ways to, as she says, "bring some of Haiti into your heart and home".
At Books on the Nightstand, Ann has posted a resource list of charities helping in Haiti. One of those charities is Partners in Health who is providing - and has been providing for the past 20 years - modern medical care in poor Haitian communities. Ann also spotlights the work of Edwidge Dandicat, the Haitian-born author. Check out the BOTN post here.
Onto lighter fare . . .
I haven't made much progress reading this week - I seem to be doing my book blogging (writing posts, reading others blogs and posting, etc) than book reading. I am going to have to work on getting the right balance. I started blogging because I loved to read and wanted to share that with others but I need to make sure that the blogging doesn't "crowd out" the reading!
I am currently reading New World Monkeys: A Novel for an upcoming book club. So far, I am impressed with the writing although I find the story a little bizarre. Should finish that this week and then I will move on to The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (stay tuned for a giveaway of that book)
I did post a few reviews this week:
- The Cure by Geeta Anand - tells the story of John Crowley and his family. His story is featured in the movie Extraordinary Measures which opened on Friday
- Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
- Live for Your Listening Pleasure(Audiobook) by David Sedaris
- Spoiled: Stories by Caitlin Macy - first post for the Literary Road Trip