It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Two weeks in a row, I’m on a roll!
This week, in addition to Under the Dome by Stephen King for the Dome Along hosted by Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick (I’m up to 350 / 1074 pages), I started reading Under the Banner of Heaven by one of my favorite authors, Jon Krakauer. This book is on my 2013 TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader.
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith is essentially an exposé of the Mormon religion and its history, originally published in 2003. This is the third book by Krakauer I’ve read, and once again he has me captivated. Part history, part true crime, it starts recounting a grisly, senseless murder of a young woman and her baby. On the cover of the book under the title it says:
So far, I am really into this book. It is fascinating, enraging, and terrifying, so it’s really getting my blood boiling. It’s a little bit of an exhausting read, though, what with all the emotions and thought-provoking subject matter (okay so I can’t imagine life like this for myself, but what if I had been born into a polygamous community? etc.), and the historical part is dense—there are soooo many people to keep track of, and the family trees are mind-bogglingly complex. Anyway, this is reminding me of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood or Erik Larsen’s books, where two story lines are meticulously connected—historical, investigative non-fiction. I saw online that there is a response from the LDS Church to this book, and then a response to that response from Jon Krakauer, which I’ll check out after I finish reading Under the Banner of Heaven this week.
Is it weird that I’m reading two books right now that both start with the word “under”?
What are you reading this week?