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Page 2 in the conversation "A new book thread" by MsMary
I've been on a reading kick for about a year and a half now - so I love these book threads!
My most recent 5 star reads include:Eat The Document - Dana Spiotta - about 2 anti-Vietnam protesters and a protest that goes very badly!The Editor - Stephen Rowley -about a first-time writer whose novel is picked up by a large N.Y. publishing house and his editor is Jackie Onassis.The Color of Water - James McBride - autobiographical about the author and his white Jewish mother.With Love From the Inside - Angela Pisel -
I'm currently about half way into Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. A beautifully written story about a poor black family and the 10 days leading up to and during Hurricane Katrina. A very difficult read for me - the treatment of the dogs as well as the dog-fighting scenes have just about done me in.
I also recently re-read The Dog Stars by Peter Heller and loved it as much as I had the 1st and 2nd times I read it! It is definitely in my top 3 fave books of all time!
I got through the Midnight Library but didn't really enjoy it that much. Didn't hate it - didn't love it!
I've also been plodding through The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I keep thinking that I'm going to get hooked into the story - but I'm about half-way through and so far nothing . . . don't think I will pick it up again!
I read earlier this year The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves and loved it!
I could go on - but will stop for now!
Ahhh - so many books, so little time!
A couple of my patrons at work have really liked the Addie LaRue book.Also, Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews.Not long ago I read The Deep, Deep Snow by Brian Freeman. It is a missing child story, but also has a storyline about the main character and her father’s declining cognitive abilities.
Following up on this post…back from my readathon, also know as my week at the beach.Here’s what i read, with some thoughts:”Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok. About a Chinese girl and her mother who immigrate to the US. My family came to the US about 100 years before, it was both disturbing and affirming to realizing the similarities between our stories. Great book”The Last Watchman of Old Cairo” by Michael David Lukas. I really like historical fiction, and this integrates some history with the story. I liked this one, but i think it helped that years ago i had read “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit” by Lucette Lagnado, which is about an Egyptian Jewish family’s life before and after they left. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A fun read, perfect for when you want to lose yourself in a good story, but don’t want to think to much“Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. This one took me a long time to get into, and i almost put it aside. But I’m glad i stuck with it. Examines slavery and colonization and its aftermath from both the African and the Black American sides by focusing on 1 family thru multiple generation.“Heat & Light” by Jennifer Haigh, I’m about 3/4 of the way thru this book. It’s about fracking in PA, so it hits on a lot of issues that have been part of my life for the past 20(ish) years, but which have not impacted me in a direct day to day way. This is the 4th book I’ve read by this author, and its quite good, but not my favorite.
not pictured, but totally recommended:“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett. Loved this. So much to think about, this is a book that stays with you, but its not so heavy that reading it feels like a chore…(hope that makes sense)
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Thanks for the report, KKards! I loved Evelyn Hugo (just finished it) and also The Vanishing Half! I have been procrastinating about opening The Homegoing and you have inspired me to do so!
I stumbled across a wonderful writer recently, Kelly Corrigan. Via Libby, I read Tell Me More, partly in print and partly listened to her audio book while walking. I don't love audio books, but I did really enjoy hearing her tell her stories, a few of which were completely heart-wrenching. I am now reading an earlier memoir Glitter and Glue, and am a little sleepy because I've read in bed a little too late the last 2 nights!
I see she has a podcast, so am going to give it a try.
My Libby holds are piling up.
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