By Kara Madden
During times of stress or change, I have always turned to books for comfort. They're the one thing that can reliably relax me. So it was no surprise the public library was one of my first stops when I moved back home to
My first attempts at grabbing a good read were undermined by trips to the children's room. The kids were too energized by their new environment to allow more than a longing glance at the adult fiction section. On my third visit, circumstances allowed me to slip away.
I quickly scanned the shelves of some of my favorite authors -- Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Franzen –- and grabbed the first unfamiliar titles that crossed my path. I returned home with "The Namesake," "Strong Motion," and "The Red House" (by Sarah Messer -– snagged on my retreat from the L's).
Perhaps it was coincidence, or perhaps it was that the library is located just miles from downtown
"Red House" is a nonfiction narrative about the oldest continuously lived-in house in
What unexpected comforts have books brought you?
Kara Madden lives just outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, preschool-aged son, and toddler daughter.