Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Kristyn Kusek Lewis is the author of Save Me and How Lucky You Are. A former magazine editor at Glamour and Child, Lewis has been writing for national publications for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Reader’s Digest; Glamour; Self; Redbook; Cosmopolitan; Marie Claire; Parents; Allure; Good Housekeeping; Cooking Light; Health; Men’s Health; the New York Daily News; and many more. Lewis is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA in creative writing.

Lewis's latest novel is Half of What You Hear.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I am an equal-opportunity reader—I like highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in-between. I am also usually reading two books simultaneously—one fiction, one nonfiction.

I recently finished the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less by Andrew Sean Greer, which is a bittersweet satire about a failing novelist who, on the cusp of his fiftieth birthday, accepts a number of not-so-great invitations to literary events around the world to escape his own heartbreak and feelings of self-doubt. It is hilarious and heart-wrenching and endearingly wise all at once. I loved it.

In 2019, I am on a quest to make a dent in the list of books I have been meaning to read for years and never got around to for one reason or another. One of those, which I just finished, is Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life. It is essentially a love letter to reading and describes how books both shaped Conroy as an author and provided comfort to him throughout his life. I especially enjoyed the passages about his mother, a voracious reader whom Conroy credits for his love of literature.

I’ve just started two books—Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which I am enjoying every bit as much as I expected I would—and, from my “books I’ve been meaning to read forever” list, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.
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--Marshal Zeringue