The Four Winds – I bought it the second it came out. I have read two of Hannah’s other books, Nightingale and the Great Alone. Both really stayed with me. It is a page turner. She writes great stories. This one is of a family attempting to survive the Depression and the Dust Bowl.
The Office of Historical Corrections – Sharply written short stories that are quite relevant to the times we are living in now.
Memorial Drive, A Daughter’s Memoir – An absolutely beautiful memoir that highlights many of the issues we have today.
The Undocumented Americans – Written by the first undocumented American to graduate from Harvard writes about her fellow undocumented Americans. Powerful.
Migrations – The core of this beautiful novel that weaves back and forth through one woman’s life is climate change. McConaghy, an Australian writer, whose first book has made it to our shores, writes masterfully. I could visualize the tale. Great read.
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.