Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
A collection of short essays and meditations, mostly on the natural world, from the author of H is For Hawk. It’s impossible to write about nature these days without sounding cries of alarm (not to mention melancholy, bitterness, anger and regret) but Macdonald’s wonder and pleasure in the world of swifts, hares and boars is such that she’s more apt to inspire and send you out of doors than depress. It’s worth noting, given the prevalence of “COVID-brain” that the chapters here are mercifully brief, for those currently experiencing attention focusing issues.
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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
A look at regrets, lives not lived, and learning to appreciate and live the life you're in. Reminiscent of the British feel good movies that seemed to be everywhere around the turn of the century (The Full Monty, Calendar Girls) this is light, easily consumed reading without being inane or stupid. While you know where the story is likely going, it doesn't negatively impact one's enjoyment of it. A schmaltzy feel good story, perfect for these incredibly stressful and anxious times. Sure to be optioned for film in one form or another. Haig is the author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Humans.
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