I have a somewhat love/frustration relationship with my library. No sooner do I settle in with what I think will be a fine book, than I discover something I've put on reserve has become available. (If I don't grab it....it might be months before it crosses my path again!) It happened again this week. So, I put the current read on hold to launch into On Looking: eleven walks with expert eyes by Alexandra Horowitz.
The author (trained as a cognitive scientist) walks the city streets of her Manhattan neighborhood; in spite of her training as an 'observer', she found herself lulled into 'not seeing' what had become ordinary and commonplace. She located 11 'experts' to lead her in walks---seeing her surroundings from their perspective: she walked with an entomologist and discovered a whole world of tiny creatures, she walked with her 19 month old child---and rediscovered shapes and letters and how you can move through them--an artist, a blind friend, a physician, a geologist, an urban sociologist, an acoustic engineer.........and finally her dog. (Freddy has definitely benefitted from this reading--our walks are a bit longer; I'm a bit more patient; I'm noticing a whole lot more.) I got a little bogged down with all the scientific whys, but basically thoroughly enjoyed the premise.
From audible, I downloaded Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter; a love story that hops across continents and decades. I'm enjoying it immensely as I've been stockinetting away on solo--for what seems like miles. Maybe about 1/2 way to the finish line--with both book and scarf!