There’s something about getting flower and seed catalogs in the mail on a dark, cold winter day that truly lifts me out of my winter blahs. With a hot cup of tea, I can easily spend an hour or so admiring the colorful spring and summer blooms or deciding between green bean and lettuce varieties for my own little veggie patch. With two months left of winter I know these plans are a ways off, but these colorful pieces of mail offer, in their own way, a reminder that things will get better.
And even though I spent a lot of the past week with my nose in one book or another, for some reason I only completed one…
The Week in Books
The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama — 4 out of 5 stars
Written in diary/journal form, this is the story of Stephen, a young Chinese man who goes to live at a family home in Japan due to health issues. Over the course of the next year (from September 1937 to October 1938) he will meet several people who will teach him about love and compassion, and will help him in his own self-discoveries. There’s something about Ms. Tsukiyama’s writing that just pulls me in every time. It’s rich, layered, lyrical, even a bit haunting. This is definitely a character-driven story with strong ties to the historical happenings of the day. As a shorter book, this would be a great place to start if you are new to the author’s works.
Stay safe and Happy Reading!