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Modern Mrs Darcy is hosting a reading link-up with the idea of giving brief reviews of the books we are reading at the moment. I’m just getting back from a trip and in an uncharacteristic reading lull right now, so I’m cheating. Within the next couple of days I will be picking up a thick stack of library hold requests, so instead of giving you reviews of what I’m already reading, I’m telling you why these five caught my attention (whether they hold it remains to be seen).

The Things That Matter
by Nate Berkus

I love the escape of a good interior design book, and the variety in this one (rustic cottage to minimalist chic) is especially appealing.

Capital
by John Lanchester

London, 2008, during the financial crisis; real estate and class boundaries; a novel both sweeping and witty? My inner sociologist is intrigued.

The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
by Timothy Ferriss

Cooking like a pro, learning anything, and living the good life sounds pretty good to me. But I’d settle for a fun food read. (At 672 pages, though, I’m not sure where the brand-required “4-hour” enters the equation…).

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential
by Dan Pallotta

With close family members employed by nonprofits, and charitable donation a central item in our family budget, seems like a must-read.

Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life
by Nancy Sleeth

Simple and sustainable is always attractive (but honestly, I had to get it because of my sister’s one-time “Amish Catholic” aspirations. <grin>)

To catch a quick peek at what other people are reading (or to link your own list), head over to Twitterature with Modern Mrs Darcy.

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