Unsparingly realistic, like Salvage the Bones. Tough to read, but impossible to leave alone.
When I was a senior in high school the school librarian would not let me check out a copy of Jubilee Trail, because she said it was not appropriate for me. So if a senior couldn't read it, what was it doing in the school library? I went across the street after school and got it from the public library! #BannedBookBonanza
In the face of her abusive husband's violent death, 39-year-old Paula Spencer mentally processes her life, hoping to make some sense of it all, struggling to hold on to the illusion of normalcy that has kept her going for nearly two decades. It's only brilliant.
A fascinating look at how animal brains work; what frightens them and how they react to fear; how to treat animals fairly, ethically and humanely while raising them to produce food--or to BE food. Grandin's perspective as an autistic human is insightful, as she believes she is capable of seeing the world more as animals do than "typical" humans are. Lots of surprising info in here, presented with wisdom, humor and heart.
Wonderful, immersive novelization of endlessly engaging Greek mythology, told by Circe, witch godess, from her island exile. From her early days as a least favored child of Helios, through her love affairs and battles with Olympians, Titans and mere men, to her ultimate choice to become her true self. Her powerful magic is sometimes monstrous, sometimes protective, always awe-inspiring. Miller's language is glorious; her book is a gift.
Loving this series of Australian police procedurals, slightly reminiscent of Tana French's style of following several characters independently.
Tim Parrish reflects on his adolescence in a blue color community in Baton Rouge in the 1970's, when he struggled with mixed messages from his family and his church about attitudes toward integration and the civil rights movement. #fear, #racism, #hypocrisy
Nifty little compendium of general knowledge about poisonous, illegal, intoxicating, invasive or just plain irritating plants. And we EAT some of them all the time! Fantastic illustrations too.
Wiley Cash has the story-telling gift. This novel is based on historical incidents in the early 20th century as union organizers attempted to bring better wages and working conditions to the textile mills of Appalachia. Unforgettable characters, excellent writing. #labor #poverty #appalachia