For this week’s #FridayReads we decided to turn to our talented Black Balloon Publishing authors and see what they’re currently reading. There’s a wide range of suggestions here, so find the one that best suits your interests and spend the weekend with your nose in a book!
Virginia Zaharieva, Author of Nine Rabbits:
I'm reading the book Diamond Heart by A. H. Almaas. It is a book of talks that elucidates a certain essence of being. It is a manual of how to participate in our real world and taste the incredible beauty and integrity of being a human being, a full manifestation of love and truth.
Kevin Clouther, Author of We Were Flying to Chicago:
I'm almost finished with The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, a book that's lasted on my bedside table longer than most — not because the book is enormous (733 pages) — but because the stories are so dense and layered, it feels shameful to read too many too quickly. Davis's stories are extraordinarily short, some no longer than a single sentence, so the cumulative effect of reading a bunch of them is rather decadent, like gorging on expensive sushi. When a man is asked about his happiest moment in the one-paragraph story "Happiest Moment," the man "smiled with embarrassment and said that his wife had once gone to Beijing and eaten duck there, and she often told him about it, and he would have to say the happiest moment of his life was her trip and the eating of the duck."
Mike Meginnis, Author of Fat Man and Little Boy:
I am presently reading Okey Ndibe'sForeign Gods, Inc. The book is about a Nigerian taxi driver named Ike, who plans to sell his village's chief god, a war god, to a New York art dealer who trades in such items. I've been sick and so am not too far in, but Ike's mixture of pride (he believes he has pretty much the best god) and need for approval (he needs the art dealer to agree with him on this point) is heartbreaking.