I love a sweeping family saga. I love a novelized depiction of history and seeing how one generation shapes the next. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is probably one of my favorites. It tells the story of two half sisters Ghana in the 18th Century. Effia is married to a wealthy white slave trader and Esi and captured and imprisoned in the same castle in which her sister lives (unbeknownst to both of them) and sold across the Atlantic into slavery. Effia’s family lives with the effects of colonization and internal warfare and Esi family survives slavery, Jim Crow and […]
Dates for the Good Omens #CannonBookClub have been chosen, with a bonus discussion about the show adaptation. The book-only discussion will take place on May 17th and 18th, then June 14th and 15th to discuss the television adaptation. What could we possibly have to go with that? More #CannonBookClub of course. Later this year we’ll be hole another paired discussion for this our FIFTH year of book club. Do you want to read a Classic? Want to read an Adaptation or Retelling? WANT TO READ BOTH? Continuing our loose theme this year of stories in various formats, we’ll be voting on a book with plenty of adaptations and you pick what you’d like to read. Vote today!
Boy oh boy, I sure wonder if the attractive people in this story without any other competition end up together? I mean, it’s a complete mystery. Sarah is an author, and she’s described in terms vague enough to know that she’s beautiful, but ordinary enough to be relatable and intimidated by John’s model ex-wife. And John, why he’s so dashing and proper, he couldn’t possibly fall for the woman researching his family’s role in the sinking of the Lusitania. Besides! He’s British! And she’s American! They’re practically different species! Americans drink coffee, but he drinks tea! The local barkeep is […]
I adored Angie Thomas’s debut, The Hate U Give. I recommended it to nearly every person I encountered in the last year and have never been disappointed by their reactions. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Thomas’s second book was an option in my Book of the Month Club membership. On The Come Up follows Bri, a sixteen year-old girl living in the Garden Heights neighborhood that is familiar to readers of The Hate U Give. The action takes place about a year following the events of that book, in a neighborhood still recovering from the murder of […]
I was a bit disappointed with the end of Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. I would have liked Iris (our hero of this adventure) to have done something other than what she did at the end. While it was understandable the choice she made (as her options both had valid arguments), her choice was in line with the theme of going out on a limb, out of our comfort zone and trying something new. Kelly has written a well written and fairly non-preachy story about the deaf community. Iris, deaf from birth, has had to navigate life with hearing […]
This is definitely not an easy read. It is slow, and methodical, much like each of the characters. Their stories are revealed through a series of flashbacks, as well as in their current situation. For me it revealed itself as a mystery, for in the end nothing was as it seemed in the beginning. It is the story of four troubled people who all find themselves, through different circumstances, living together in a bombed out Italian villa at the end of WWII. They are all drawn in by the title character, a dying burn victim, who tells his story of […]
I Read this on the heels of a Hunter S. Thompson book that focused on his writings from the early 1960’s to Nixon’s re-election in 1972. The (very well done) “Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism” was an examination of Thompson’s writing and crusade in American politics. The book was a great read but more of a look at Thompson’s view of the American political climate back then. This books gives a much more nuanced and detail oriented take to the election than Thompson’s with a deep dive into all the players histories and backgrounds. Thompson’s […]
Okay, I’m going to be upfront here that this was a book club pick (my book club pick, actually), and we broke a cardinal rule: never read the first in a series. It’s incredibly difficult to judge character arcs and abandoned plot lines, because you know that the story is only just beginning. That also makes it difficult to write a fair review, but I will try. Do you love whimsical stories rooted in complicated family dynamics? Apparently I do, because I adored reading this book. The Bear and the Nightingale is the first installment in The Winternight Trilogy, by […]