Welcome to another day of musing, thanks to Should Be Reading.
Our leader has given us several topics from which to choose, and today I’m going with:
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
This past week, I downloaded a book onto my Sparky because I love the author’s work. Plus…this particular book is one that showcases the character in the series, as well as providing backstory for the author.
It’s Kinsey & Me, by Sue Grafton.
Blurb: In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.
“I’ve come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that, regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton’s mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.
The same unique voice and witty insights readers fell in love with in A Is for Alibi permeate the Kinsey stories. Those in the And Me section trace a remarkable voyage, from anger to understanding, from pain to forgiveness. They take us into a troubled family, dysfunctional as most families are, each in their own way, but Grafton’s telling is sensitive, delicate, and ultimately, loving. Enriching the way we see Kinsey and know Sue, these stories are deeply affecting.
I don’t often start reading books I just bought or received, since I have stacks and stacks ahead of them. But I may just have to break that “rule” for this one, as I literally can’t wait to read it!
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