Autumn’s Staff Picks
This queer, feminist Western was a quick read that I am still thinking about. In this alternative version of the Old West, women unable to bear children are ostracized, condemned as a witch, and sometimes killed. Ada, a midwife-turned-outlaw, joins the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang, a group of women and non-binary folks who have similar stories in their past. I’m not one for Westerns, but I am itching to find more books like this.
Dusk Night Dawn by Anne Lamott
I picked up this book just as I was desperate for just the kind of joy and peace that Lamott is known for. She talks about the pandemic, the climate crisis, and the general courage it takes to be a human during these times. I laughed, I cried… Reading this book feels like being hugged by hope.
Tina’s Staff Picks
For historical knowledge, with some humorous shading, read this true account of a young artist with a disability who uses her creativity to solve a problem. I love this untold story of the invention of the sports bra in 1977! She suddenly had a product on her hands that changed not just the sports world, but the world itself as women became more empowered regarding their own abilities.
Written in wonderful prose showing a powerful exploration of women’s bodies, women’s minds, and the time-honored tradition of doubting both. The time period is 1871 and the action revolves around Samuel Hood, who opens a school for young women, guiding their intellectual development. Soon, however, bizarre things begin to occur. Oh my. Isn’t that always the case? And it is what makes this such a good read!
Robin’s Staff Picks
The story of 16th Century Dutch Explorer William Barents and his crew of 16 is nothing short of astonishing. Exploring the Arctic when no one else dared to, this is the story of human curiosity, endurance, tragedy and glory. Icebound shows the Age of Exploration by one of Europe’s most famed and ambitious explorers at its apex. Masterfully researched and written by Andrea Pitzer. Five stars
This is a wild ride of a novel! From the very first page, I was intrigued. Two very different women meet by chance. Both looking to escape something. Everything you want in a thriller is here. The pace, the twisty turns, the reasons they both have. “The Last Flight” is thoughtfully and meticulously put together. Compelling. I eschewed sleep just to find out what happened. Thumbs up for this high wire act! It is also Bay Books “Books & Wine” book club pick for May.