We now interrupt this series of Japan posts to bring you a post from my ordinary life.
As I mentioned in January, I've designed a monthly reading plan in order to cross some books off my To Be Read list and expand my horizons a little. February was biography month, and I chose My Life in France by Julia Child. This book was ghostwritten by her grandnephew, Alex Prud'homme, but her style and character come through very well. I found it funny, beautifully descriptive, and inspiring. Julia found her calling as a cook almost by accident. Her love for food, in particular, French cuisine, is apparent in the book but the book never gets too technical or boring.
For March, my book selection is something that was published in the last year. My TBR list is pretty slim on recent books, but I have a few from 2011. This requires a little organization on my part, as of course the Sutherland Library doesn't have any of the books on my list, so I actually had to buy a book for once. I've chosen Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead. Olmstead was a landscape architect who designed the grounds at the Biltmore mansion, the grounds for the Chicago World's Fair, and Central Park. I've been interested in him ever since I visited the Biltmore mansion when on a college visiting trip as a senior in high school. Plus, it has the added benefit of being another biography, which is a genre I really haven't explored until recently. I hope it is interesting, especially since I paid for it!