Who hasn’t wanted to escape surburbia, especially these days? This family does it, or tries it, or for an entire year. But there are secrets upon secrets, and revelations upon revelations, as we read Juliet’s account of the trip alternating with her husband’s captain’s log. This dual perspective gives this novel depth and emotion.
Better known for his most recent work “How to Be An Anti-Racist”, don’t miss this earlier non-fiction book written defining the racist ideas that have historically been built into our society, not through ignorance, but through rationalization of inequity in our institutions. I read about history that we were never taught in our K – 12 years and it was fascinating. Kendi is an excellent writer.
Described as “Bridget Jones Diary” meets “Americanah” is an understatement. That description really doesn’t do the justice that Williams puts into this novel which describes in an honest and bold manner how black women are treated in relationships and how it affects them emotionally and behaviorally. Don’t let the humor blind you to the painful realities of how society has built in prejudices that as a white person you may not recognize. With her texting posse of friends, Queenie navigates through the turmoil that has become her life at this particular point in time. Super enjoyed this.
Jessica, the heroine of this twisty psychological thriller was raised in a cult in the Adirondacks. In the 12 years since she escaped and left her family behind, she has been filled with anger, guilt and alcohol but one day in a bar, she meets a stranger who has the same name and the same birthday as she does. A few days later, she realizes that her identity has been stolen so she seeks out Jessica Two—-only to find out that there are four other Jessicas. Get ready for a all-nighter when you start reading this one!
This lovely account of how 16 different flowers have been sown into popular culture, politics, and the arts is balm for any gardener’s heart. The flowers, divided among the four seasons they represent, include old standbys as roses and lilies as well as unusual varieties. Boddy touches on origins, popular associations, and ceremonial and medicinal applications in countries around the world. A truly fun and soul satisfying read.
With this little ditty, I was hooked. I had never heard of this tradition of matching foods to a person’s confessed sins, and then having a designated person eat those foods to take the sins upon themselves and send the dead person to a happier place, sin free. This historical novel revolves around May, a shunned orphan girl in 16th century England, who by becoming a sin-eater, also falls into palace intrigue and murder.