April 07, 2023
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
This is the fifth book I am attempting to read by Marlon James. The first was Black Leopard Red Wolf, and it is easily in my top 10 of all time. Then I read A Brief History of Seven Killings, and I enjoyed it. Two of his I did not finish are Moon Witch, Spider King (the sequel to BLRW) and John Crow's Devil. The Book of Night Women will get finished. It is set on a plantation in Jamaica and the slave women meet in the woods at night. I have not figured out why quite yet (I just started it), but the writing is beautiful and the women are fierce!
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
This book is a slow-go for me. It is confusing and it makes me feel dumb. But Kate says that I should just let go and enjoy the story and it will all come together. It is referred to as a sapphic love story, so I am going to keep on truckin'.
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
I love twisted domestic thrillers and this one is definitely twisted. My Lovely Wife is a fast paced psychological thriller about a married couple with a demented hobby. Some of the characters could be a bit more developed and the writing is on the simpler side. BUT that's why I like reading thrillers - they're usually fast, fun and easy. If you're looking for a dark thriller to read on vacation, this is a good one.
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
We have SO many of Russo's books in our shop and none of us have read them. Ang suggested that we each read one to get to know this author. I've just started listening to this one and so far it has interesting family dynamics and the quality storytelling one would expect from a Pulitzer Prize winning author.
KATE & ANG'S BOOK CLUB:
What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jiminez
So far this one has been hard for us to get into - it feels like a YA book. Kate & Ang rarely enjoy YA books but are hopeful that this one will be different!
Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat by Wendy Lee
A collection of essays by women reflecting on the connections between the exploitation of animals and the exploitation of women. These essays are inspired by the text, The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams, and reflect on the connections between the patriarchy and the consumption of meat and society's consumption of women. If you are interested in feminism, activism, animal rights/welfare, vegetarianism/veganism, art or any combination of these topics you might enjoy these essays. They are thought provoking, personal and honest.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advise from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
This is a collection of advice columns that were written by Sugar - an anonymous online columnist who was actually Cheryl Strayed. Her columns touch on all aspects of life with honesty and humor and kindness and tough love. I keep this book on my bedside table and have returned to some of these essays multiple times when I am feeling stuck in some area of my life.
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