Saturday, November 17, 2012

Musings about Interesting Men

The new book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is a heartfelt journey.  Travel with Harold as he meanders for months through England's cities and villages struggling to figure out his life after his retirement.  You will get to know him, his bewildered wife he's left at home and the dark past that haunts him.  You will fall in love with this enduring novel.

That aristocratic detective Charles Lenox is back with a new mystery to solve entitled A Death in the Small Hours.  This is the sixth in author Charles Finch's  "cozy" mystery series.  This time Lenox is home from his Burial at Sea adventure and is a respected member of Parliament. He gets pulled back to his first love - finding the murderer.  You will feel yourself walking the gas lit streets of Victorian London right along side Lenox. Downton Abbey won't be back on American PBS until January, 2013 so this is a delightful way to fill the hours until then.

Speaking of PBS, don't forget Ken Burns' new documentary this Sunday and Monday, November 18 and 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. EST.  This time he explores the Dust Bowl with heart wrenching first hand stories.  He said he was always interested in this period and had a sense of urgency as the people who experienced the Dust Bowl are now in their 80s and 90s.  PBS says the Dust Bowl was "the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history".