A Basket of Memories in the Making

An afternoon of shopping for Papa’s ordination took a brief intermission while we stopped into the bookstore to pick up a basketload of volumes for summertime reading.  There is something for everyone.




Here is what is in our basket::


For the little ones –

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat – Because I remember Julia Child so fondly. It was she (through her PBS series) and my Nana who first taught me to cook. This looks like a lovely living picture book for my little ones

The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Mulberry books) – Gorgeous illustrations, classic French tale.

A Walk in London – So appropriate with the Olympic Games in London next month. Lots of sweet illustrations and historical/factual tidbits sprinkled throughout.

Puff The Magic Dragon – Book and CD Package – Because the lyrics quite wonderfully tell a fantastic story, and the illustrations are adorable. This volume came with a music CD, which may please parents of a certain age… 🙂

And these for the older set, some for read aloud –

Candide – Because Voltaire’s wit delivered so subtly is precisely what I need for long sunny days in a hammock (if I had one to swing in). A sunny window will also do nicely.

The Heretic’s Daughter: A Novel – Another story from the Salem Witch Hysteria, a topic that interests our family enormously since a branch of my Nana’s tree (Towne) descends from the brother of THREE women accused, tried, and convicted in 1692. Only one, Sarah Cloyes, survived.

Walden and Civil Disobedience Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics – Apropos of these times, I think.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson – I have been meaning to read this book for ages. We could all awaken more to kindness and the value of life.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – On the recommendation of farming friends who were surprised that I hadn’t read it yet. Now that diaconate classes are done, I have some time!

To Kill a Mockingbird [Paperback] by Harper Lee – Can you believe that I didn’t own a copy? Time to get one of our own and introduce my older children. Also seems somehow appropriate to current events.

The Poisonwood Bible – Another one that friends have been encouraging me to read over the years. I have picked it up at the books store more than once in the interim. This time it landed inside the basket instead of back on the shelf.

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer – This was chosen primarily for William, by Carrie. He loves history, geography, and factual tidbits. I’m looking forward to hearing him narrate back to me what he reads.

What is it about books read in summer that make for such lasting memories?  Perhaps it is the freedom to linger long over character and plot while the days stretch on.