ONE SECTION I ENJOY IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, IS ‘BOOK REVIEW’ – LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.

This weekend I focused on The Nightstand. Ted Gachot wrote on December 5/2021 – “It’s not the books writers name, but the assumption they have a Nightstand. I’m surprised so many give straight answers, and don’t say something like ‘Do you mean on top of the box of chocolates or under it?’ The Book Review assumes one has bought heaps of expensive books one might read, and keeps them piled up on that Nightstand. When I find a book . . . there’s no Nightstand. Or if there was we didn’t notice.” On this week’s agenda, actor and singer, Bette Midler, wrote – “A better question is what’s NOT on your Nightstand? There are things I’ve been hoarding, things I don’t have the courage to tackle just yet, gifts, books I buy on impulse and P.G. Woodhouse, a perennial. Politics, race, acting, history, religion, arts, the environment, detective stories – I recently reread ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” – hand’s down one of the greatest I’ve ever read. I finally got around to reading it.Unforgettable.”