A Burning – Debut novel about how the criminal system works in India. Rising from the poor to the middle class. Great read. Expect more from Megha Majumdar.
A Small Town – Unclear how this ended up in my feed but I read it. A serious page-turner about a jail break out and the aftermath. Not sure I could recommend it as it is so counter-intuitive to what is happening on the streets right now. I want to believe most people are not that awful.
American Dirt – We have all read the horrors of lives being destroyed in their own countries by gangs. The book is definitely a page-turner but not sure how much research the writer did or how connected she is to this terrible situation.
Ask Again Yes – Perfect beach read. Two families who live next door to each other. How their lives intertwine, forever.
Long Bright River – A thriller around drugs and family. Quick summer read.
Notes from A Black Chef – Great read. Hungry, competitive, driven chef. Seeing the hospitality restaurant world through his eyes is a worthy read.
Ordinary Girls: A Memoir – A very powerful memoir. Jaquira is a survivor. Many of her friends, who were just ordinary girls, were not. She could have ended up in a very different place. The title truly says it all.
Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me – An incredible memoir on how addiction ravages you.
The Dutch House – I started this at the beginning of COVID and then put it down. I couldn’t focus. I returned and glad I did. An interesting story about family, survival and the choices you make.
The Mountains Sing – A beautiful multi-generational book about growing up in Vietnam war and the toll it took on the country and a family.
The Vanishing Half – I loved The Mothers and picked up the Vanishing Half the day it came out. A fantastic read about family, race, and the ties that bind. Page-turner
Untamed – Every woman should read this book. Loved it.