I am reading The Lives They Left Behind, a collection of true stories about people who were admitted to and spent their entire lives in a mental hospital.
They came with suitcases, but they were not permitted their belongings, so the suitcases were kept in an attic: men's on one side, women's luggage on the other. Each suitcase was sorted through by researchers and medical records found to match each patient, interviews were conducted with living family members and neighbors. Most are from the late 1800s to 1960s. They chose the 25 most interesting cases to write about. It's fascinating, and I highly recommend.
Since a lot of my story takes place in a mental hospital, I can call this kind of joy research.
I've got The Book Thief and A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb waiting on my book shelf. An embarrassment of riches and I start back to teaching next week.
I've also got three book reviews to write for the US Review of Books. Lesson plans, book reviews, reading, oh my.
Cinnamon oatmeal and a whole wheat bagel with strawberry jam is a good start.