1. What book are you reading right now? Do you like it?
I’m reading Living for Design: The Yves Saint Laurent Story by Axel Madsen. It’s probably out of print since it was published in 1979. It was in a bag of books that my mother gave me that she wanted to get rid of. I thought I’d read my way through any that looked interesting before donating them. This one is interesting but it does feel a little dated.
2. What was the last book you read on a plane?
I read White Rose (War of the Roses) by R. Garcia y Robertson on the plane on the way back from Amsterdam. It was a bit of fluff to get my mind off the fact that the vacation was over. The basic premise was that a woman from modern day Hollywood is transported in time back to England during the War of the Roses. The disappointing part of it was that it was the third book in a trilogy, but the ending was completely up in the air. So, either the author plans to write another book, or we are left completely guessing. Either way I’m not sure that I recommend it.
3. What was the last book you read on a roadtrip?
On the way back from San Diego on New Year’s Day I was reading Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl. A good foodie book, I really enjoyed it.
4. What is the most unusual place you found yourself reading?
Some people think it’s unusual that I can read while in motion, on the train or in the car (while someone else is driving of course). I don’t find it unusual, though. I like to read whenever and wherever I get the chance.
5. What books would you take to keep you occupied on a 2 week vacation to the beach?
Can it be a vacation to a beach in Italy? Let’s see I think I’d take five:
The Wedding Officer: A Novel by Anthony Capella. This the same author who wrote The Food of Love, a charming story of a girl who goes to Rome and falls in love with a cook. This book looks like it takes place in Naples and carries on the tradition of mixing romance with cooking, so I’m sure it would be a fun thing to read on vacation.
The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga. Here’s another safe bet that I’m interested in reading. It’s the sequel to Sixteen Pleasures, which I really enjoyed.
Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker. It’s always nice to read a travel memoir while on vacation. This one is by former LA Law star and takes place in Umbria.
A Donna Leon “Commissario Guido Brunetti” mystery. I’ve only just recently read one of this series (Aqua Alta), so any of the others will do. It’s nice to have one page turner mystery in your beach bag.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - This one takes place in Barcelona, not Italy (but perhaps my vacation is a week on the Italian Riviera and a week in Southern Spain, that sounds like a nice plan.) Anyway, Kim just mentioned this one and it sounds like a good read.