Severence – Couldn’t put it down. What if Covid had been truly the end of society? What would it look like? Great read. Extremely well-written.
The Twilight World – Incredibly well-written quick read about a Japanese soldier who defended a Philippine island for almost 30 years never realizing WWII was over.
Zabar’s: A Family Story, with Recipes – I loved this book. The history of the family with plenty of NY stories too. Also, the evolution of their store. Many could take a lesson from the Zabar family and how they have managed to survive all these years.
This Time Tomorrow – First book of the summer reads. I hope they are all as entertaining. I couldn’t put it down.
Parable of the Talents – Loved! Still thinking about the book. Start with Parable of the Sower and pick up Kindred while you are at it.
Trevor Noah, Born A Crime – I have been to South Africa twice, so I was aware of the multiple languages spoken there and the countless communities. Noah’s story is incredible. He came from a Black mother and a white father and grew up as a Black man. It wasn’t until he began school did he realize that he was an outsider on the inside. His success is his survival. I couldn’t put it down.
Bewilderment – Modern times are complex, particularly for parents and children. A story that is told with empathy and understanding. I loved this book.
Black Cake – An excellent first novel around a multi-generation family with secrets, as one has.
The Paris Library – Just when I thought I had had enough WW2 books, I dive into another. It is fast-paced, looks at the war from another person’s eyes who wants to make sure the books survive. Perfect for summer.
Sorrow and Bliss – About 50% through, I was getting itchy, and then the entire story took off. The book is witty, very British—a young woman’s awakening after trying to understand her behavior for years. Mental illness doesn’t need to be still swept under the carpet.
Small World – This is Jonathan Evison’s 7th novel. He is a masterful storyteller Intertwined stories that go back and forth for the past 170 years in America. We are all connected, and it is a small world.
The Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty – I have read and watched as much as anyone should about this family. Evil geniuses.