In case any of you are looking for a good Spring break read, I’m sharing the best of what I’ve read lately. As always, there’s no theme here; just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Hopefully, you appreciate the variety. . .
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones This is the book getting all the buzz, thanks to Oprah (who I don’t necessarily trust for my reading picks). I loved it and read it in a couple of days. The storyline was intriguing to me: a young and prominent African-American couple is married for only 18 months when the husband is accused of a rape he didn’t commit and sent to prison. The story is about how their lives and relationship transpire after the sentencing.
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim This might actually be #1 on the list. A friend recommended this to me, and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until now. It’s been out for a few years and I think it deserves way more attention than it has received. It follows the life of Mattie, a slave girl who who is taken away from her own baby to become a wet nurse for Lisbeth. Their relationship is sweet and heartbreaking, and I loved them both. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can almost promise you’ll love it.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe I told you all there was variety in my reading. Before I left for the vacation that didn’t happen, I searched “best celebrity memoirs” hoping to find a fun, light read. This was perfect. I didn’t know if I was a Rob Lowe fan or not before reading this, but I just loved learning about all of the behind-the-scenes movie set details and his Hollywood friendships and romances.
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer If I’m honest, I might have chosen this book because I liked the colors on the cover. . . (Deep, I know.) I didn’t know anything about it, but it’s the story of a marriage and the lifelong sacrifices one wife made for her author husband’s career–and inflated ego. There’s just enough humor in the mix, and the ending caught me by surprise, which made me like the book even more.
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson This is the second book I’ve read by this author. She has a knack for tackling hard subjects (in this case, murder and racism) with small-town Southern charm and humor. The “almost sisters” weren’t who I thought the title was referring to for most of the book. . .
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay I should’ve read this sooner. I loved it as much as everyone said I would. Heartbreaking and mesmerizing, bouncing back and forth between present day and World War II. While it’s hard to read, it’s beautifully written. One of my favorites.
Empire Falls by Richard Russo If you like to settle into a long book and really get to know the characters, you’ll like this one. It’s about a small town that’s seen better days and the families who’ve lived there for decades and how their lives are interwoven. There’s no huge plot twist but I kept thinking “someone should make this into a tv series.” Oh wait, they did.
A Very Fine House by Barbara Cofer Stoefen This is a true story written by a mother who has come through the meth addiction of her only daughter. It was definitely eye-opening to see how someone who appears to have it all together can spiral down into the scary world of addiction and the effects it has on the people who love her.
Now, tell me what you’re reading (and loving)!
Check out my last book recommendation post here.