Amazing book about the AIDS crisis and the devastation to the gay community. While Reagan and the homophobic US looked the other way. Unforgettable.
Funny story, surprisingly soft-core poem stories included! Thoroughly entertaining.
I loved this book, hated for it to end. Two parallel stories about a girl who is the scribe for a blind rabbi in London in the 1600s and the researchers who find the writings. So many things I didn‘t know about Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, the plague, etc. Just terrific.
Really fun story about people in a small town largely held together by a woman who runs baking classes. Very light read, in fact I read it all in one afternoon. Delightful.
Timely story of a Mexican immigrant whose son (“the Lucky Boy”) is our in foster care when she‘s detained. Couldn‘t put it down. I wish the female characters had been a bit more developed as I wasn‘t that invested in the outcome, but the ending was satisfying. Another reminder how lucky I am.
Bought this in the Hong Kong airport. A parallel tale of two people who go to Israel: one a young mom/author, maybe searching for her next book, the other an older retired lawyer, searching for meaning or something. It was ok but had I had anything I liked better, I would have probably ditched. The parallel stories never joined, odd.
This was good. 10% of girls died from foot binding. It seems unthinkable today. I read this as part of my China-trip prep and thank God that I was born when and where I was.
Terrific! A little slow to get started (maybe it was just me) but I ended up racing to the ending. Parallel story of an unhappy girl in Japan and her relationships with her Buddhist nun great-aunt and suicidal father and an author, her husband and cat (Pesto) on an island off Canada. Want to go to Japan.
Haven‘t read a Stephen King book in years. This one caught my attention, not too scary, more of a mystery-thriller. I was not disappointed; it was fun to read and I blew through it in a few days. Somehow “the outsider” is able to turn himself into another person, so that he can kill and mutilate children while his “twin” takes the blame.
I loved “I Don‘t Know How She Does It” and awaited this eagerly. Alas it did not speak to me and I only made it to page 73. The writing is witty and the problems (teenage sexting, supporting the family while the husband finds himself) are timely for this stage of my life. Whoever thought that 11-point font is a good idea for a middle-aged audience made a big mistake. I could hardly read it by nightlight and I bailed. Maybe another time.
I didn‘t like this enough to finish it, though I did jump ahead and read the ending. Story of a Mexican-American family in San Diego, gathering for the grandmother‘s funeral and then a birthday party. Coming off a re-read of The Hummingbird‘s Daughter, this didn‘t compare.
I thought this would be like The End of Your Life Book Club and give me lots of new books to read (calling Olive Kittredge). It seemed to be only chapter after chapter of complaining about how Western fiction by white guys gets all the print. No news there. Bailed.
So this was pretty weird but I love all things Eastern Europe so I enjoyed it. Intersecting stories of a young gay man who ends up with a snake and a human-like cat, interspersed with what I think is his mother‘s story of getting married to what turns out to be an abusive husband in Kosovo, and ending up as refugees in Finland. I liked it a lot but have a limited group of people I might recommend it to.
Fascinating story about Inuk culture in Labrador and a secret US weather station there in WW2. Written by the friend of a friend. Introduced me to many things I‘d never thought about: Labrador, Vikings, living somewhere that cold.
Not my usual kind of book. This is a story of a divorced mom whose son goes to college and she starts watching porn! Funny at times, but I‘m over the happy ending being that the woman has to end up remarried to find happiness. Fun to read, largely forgettable. 4 out of 5. Maybe 3.5.