Musing Mondays asks you to muse about:
Describe one of your reading habits.
I read promiscuously—reading anyone who has a good story, seriousness and craft in style. But I don’t usually have an agenda, just following my nose. That said, I put together a small box of books to take with me on a weekend trip or a vacation, usually an accumulation of recent titles by favorite authors or non-fiction that piques my curiosity.
Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
At Half Price Books, I found Peking Story by David Kidd and Dreams of Joy by Lisa See new at half off. For two years before and after the 1948 Communist Revolution, David Kidd lived in Peking, where he married the daughter of an aristocratic Chinese family. I’ve been wanting to read this account prior to the social change that took place in 1950s under Mao. There are fascinating descriptions of an ancient society on the verge of ending and the drastic changes that the communists bring when they take over the government. Kidd’s position was unique. The book goes straight to the bin for Palm Springs weekend next month, along with Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon. Dreams of Joy is the sequel to Shanghai Girls. See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love.