My Dark Vanessa – Next generation Lolita. Incredible book.
32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line Eric Ripert – I have read countless memoirs from chefs and most I do not finish. This is worthy read. Ripert is top in his field. This book is honest, authentic and gives insight into him, his success and how hard it is to succeed in the restaurant business. Loved it.
Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart – A family ravaged by drug and alcohol abuse in Scotland in the 1980’s all told through a child’s point of view.
Trust Exercise Susan Choi – A dark funny coming of age novel.
Uncanny Valley, a Memoir, Anna Wiener – A document of being a millenial in the tech world. Extremely well written and page turning.
The End of Lonliness Benedict Wells – One of my favorite books in awhile. I am still thinking about it. A Germany family of 3 children lose their parents and life changes. The youngest takes the reader with him through love, loss, trauma and wondering about how life might have been if his parents had survived.
Gay Like Me, A Father Writes to His Son, Richie Jackson – What a book. It is historical, it is full of love and a sharp eye on the landscape of growing up gay in America. Everyone should read this book.
Dear Edward Ann Napolitano – A young boy survives a plane crash of 191 people. Every other chapter tells of how Edward moves forward in life and the other every other chapter tells the story inside the plane. An incredible book about survival. I sobbed through parts.
Say Nothing, A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Patrick Radden Keefe – I lived in London in the fall of 1981 and read about what was going on in Northern Ireland daily. To look back and read about the anger happening inside Ireland is astounding and the country is still rocked by it. Great book.
Have You Seen Juan Velez? Catherine Ryan Hyde – I couldn’t put it down. At the end of the day, life is all about simply being kind and curious.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong – The prose elegantly flows as Vuong is an award winning poet and this is first novel. It is a long letter to a young Vietnamese boys mother about his personal and sexual story. I just loved this.
The Lost Children Archive Valeria Luiselli – An epic family road trip that is a story of the times we live in. Luiselli overlays all aspects of life with beautiful language.