Phew, I'm finally coming up for a breath of air. What has been keeping me submerged is that gazillion-page biography of Michael Jordan that I was editing, and it's finally done! I now know more about His Airness than any of you, so there. Andy totally earned a dinner out for his help on this. I wish I could share every phrase that I had to run by him to make sure it made sense. For example, is "an Ice Gervin finger-roll tip-in" a thing? (Yes.) Can someone be a "water bug" guard? (Yes.) Is a "help defender" a real position? (Yes.) And so on. I found myself starting conversations with him like "How 'bout when Laimbeer elbowed Scottie in the face?" And "What were Krause and Reinsdorf thinking?"
Next up is another cookbook, yay! Back in my comfort zone.
For those of you who follow such things, the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize was Eleanor Catton, for her book The Luminaries. And yours truly was the proofreader of that book, so I had already read it when the prize was announced! Here's the description from the Booker site:
The Luminaries, set in 1866 during the New Zealand gold rush, contains a group of 12 men gathered for a meeting in a hotel and a traveller who stumbles into their midst; the story involves a missing rich man, a dead hermit, a huge sum in gold, and a beaten-up whore. There are sex and seances, opium and lawsuits in the mystery too. The multiple voices take turns to tell their own stories and gradually what happened in the small town of Hokitika on New Zealand's South Island is revealed.
It was a doozy, and not at all something I ever would have picked up to read on my own, so I'm very glad it was assigned to me.
I also want to remind you about a lovely book I edited last year that is finally out: A Thousand Hills to Heaven by Josh Ruxin. I described it here, and you can read the many rave reviews at the Amazon page linked to above.
Now that I have a little more time on my hands, my first order of business is to read The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton for next week's book group meeting. I haven't even started it yet. Has anyone out there read it? What are all of you reading?