Waste One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret – Everyone should read this. This book should be required reading for every Senator and House Representative including any Mayor, Governor and anyone involved with politics. This should not exist in the United States of America.
Hamnet – A fictional account on how Hamlet came to be written. I loved it.
The Children’s Bible – This dystopian novel is set in the present where a group of college friends, with kids, rent out a mansion on the water for the summer. Everyone is on their own. Think Lord of the Flies.
Midnight Library – Perfect time of the year to read this book. A bit like the Christmas Story. A woman decides to end her life and ends up being caught between life and death in the Midnight Library. In the library, each book she touches gives her the ability to go back and experience the regrets she has. Ends up that life isn’t so simple. A quick read that stuck with me.
How to Write An Autobiographical Novel – Candid essays about life, work, and everything in between. Some of the essays were better than others.
Real Life – Won the 2020 Booker Prize. We follow a young black gay graduate student who has plenty of baggage. Over a course of a weekend the reader gets a glimpse into his life, his friends, their pressures, and disappointments. Didn’t love it.
Memorial – A crazy love story that weaves together family, culture, queerness, and guilt.
Anxious People – Loved the book and movie A Man Called Ove so decided to pick up Backman’s latest book Anxious People. I have not read any of his other books but both of these definitely have the same cadence and story telling. His insight into people is unique. His attitude seems to be people in general are just good although quirky even if they are having a bad day. It was a fun quick read.
Fall On Your Knees – Multi-generational saga that takes place in Cape Breton, Canada at the turn of the century. Nothing comes easy for this family. Hard lives in those times.
Monogramy – Tracing a woman’s life after her husband’s sudden death where she finds out he had been having an affair. I wanted more.
A Small Town – Murder mystery thriller that turns the pages.
Go Tell It To The Mountain – Baldwin was so before his time. An incredible book.