It's the end of the semester, and the books I checked out in January that have been languishing on my desk since then are coming due next week. When the woman marked the April 20th due date, I remember actually laughing and saying, "Oh, I'm sure I'll have them back before then."
Turns out, the semester actually gets in the way of little things like reading. But I did finish the Carver collection tonight, and though I was seduced by some of the TBRs, I had to make the responsible decision and go with the first of two soon-to-be-overdue non-fiction books on coal extraction in Appalachia. Shirley Stewart Burns' Bringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal on Southern West Virginia Communities is the choice. Try to calm yourself and form an orderly line. I cannot easily accommodate the kind of clamor that is sure to arise from such an in-demand read.
After being so enraged (again!) over the Upper Big Branch mine explosion last week, (and teaching Storming Heaven once again), I have been wanting to reconnect with this arena of my research. Also, one of the professors I most admire provided a favorable review of this book, so I'm looking forward to learning from the author's first-hand experience. There is still a part of me, though, that wishes for my own first-hand journalistic experience with this time and place. Maybe it will still come.