1. Do I stop reading, and resume when I come back? Not a good idea.
2. Do I take it with me, finish at my mother’s and leave it there? Could do, but she's read it and I promised to lend it to a colleague.
3. Do I take it, finish it, and lug its heavy ass back in my suitcase, in a pocket better left to a likewise large but unread book? Ugh. Worst-case scenario.
4. Do I cram the whole book in before Friday morning? Yes, or go blind trying. The book is Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, and it is an exciting read, so at least the book is cooperating. This is my best option, since today I ordered seven books to be sent to my mother’s house, all of which I’ll be lugging back, surely among others. Here they are:
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex and Everything Else - Barbara Hamby, David Kirby, eds.
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho - Anne Carson, trans.
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning
Night of Stone: Death and Memory in 20th Century Russia by Catherine Merridale
Sum of Every Lost Ship by Allison Titus