What I’m Reading: Paula McLain

Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin, tells us about three must-read books that deserve a place on our to-be-read shelves.

Paula McLain, the bestselling author of The Paris Wife, is back with Love and Ruin, returning to Ernest Hemingway and his passionate, stormy relationship with Martha Gellhorn.

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself as a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

Martha and Ernest’s relationship and their professional careers ignite. When Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path of her own.

McLain told us about three books she can’t get enough of. Watch the video below and you’ll see that they deserve a place of honor on your to-be-read shelf!

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PAULA MCLAIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.
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