I have devoured 9 books in the last 3 weeks. Absolutely loved each one. Some I read in one day, others in two days. They were too good to put down. (Clearly, I have way too much time on my hands and must get full-time employment. Until that happens, I’m taking advantage of the free time). It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you turn off the TV and your kids are at their dad’s house half the time.
The Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles is everything a novel should be. A great story with complex characters you care about, spanning decades. A love story, a coming of age story, foreign politics, thrills and intrigue.
Avalanche is a raw, honest memoir of one woman’s desire to have a baby and all that she endures to reach that goal. Julia Leigh’s vulnerability and brutal honesty made me feel like what I was reading was happening as I read it and that I was in the room with her. Her writing put me in her story.
I finished Commonwealth in a couple days. Even though I had the kids that weekend and marched for women’s rights. Ann Patchett is an outstanding story teller as you probably know. This novel about a stolen kiss at a party and the effects on the two families involved is enthralling. You won’t be able to put it down.
I’m Just a Person is Tig Notaro’s memoir about her battle with cancer, c-diff and her career is really the story of her mother and their complex, messy, passionate relationship. Tig is as a good writer as she is a comedian. I loved everything about her book. But who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of acclaimed cartoonist and activist, Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly, art director of The New Yorker, has written a beautiful memoir, I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This. Spiegelman writes about her life growing up in New York City with her famous parents, but this is really her mother’s story. Open and unwavering, Spiegelman’s personal account of the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship will make you want to call your mom.
Joanna Connors, investigative journalist, decides to investigate the man who raped her 22 years ago. Connors wanted to know who he was and what had shaped him into the man who attacked her. During her investigation she not only confronts her own lasting trauma, but also delves into the issues of race, class and gender. The compassion and empathy she held for her attacker while hating him makes I Will Find You a deeper story than just one of rape and survival.
Mischling is a novel about being at Auschwitz told from the points of view of twelve year old twin sisters. The subject is devastatingly sad, but Affinity Konar’s beautiful writing creates a story that isn’t.
Anuradha Roy’s novel, Sleeping on Jupiter, is a story of modern India told through 3 elderly women and a young female filmmaker. It’s a haunting novel of friendship, abuse and violence that will stay with you.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a thriller about a baby who goes missing one evening while her parents are next door at a dinner party. There are twists and turns around every corner – you won’t want to put it down until you know what happened.
What are you reading? I’m always looking for recommendations!