This book, a collection of essays by thirty-two writers, shows me what we missed. I was entranced by the diverse experiences and recommend this book highly. And should I ever return to Paris (not very likely,) I'd make a serious attempt to learn conversational French.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy is set in an alternate London, in a world divided between Magicians and Commoners. The Magicians, aided by the powerful spirits they control, are the government. The Commoners are the governed -- and some of them are becoming rebellious. It's the story of Nathaniel, a child in the beginning, whose growing strength as a Magician is an object lesson in the corrupting influence of power. And it's the story of the cheeky Bartimaeus, the 5,000 year-old Djinn, who -- though technically enslaved by Nathaniel -- doesn't hesitate to point out his master's shortcomings. Excellent fantasy!
Traveling to Marshall -- a memoir of the author's stint as a Baptist pastor in our county seat -- makes me nostalgic for Marshall as it was when we moved here in '75. The author covers a good bit of history pertinent to Marshall and Madison County. I enjoyed this little book a lot and learned some more about the area but I'm not sure that it would have the same appeal for anyone not already familiar with Marshall and Madison County.