I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve written a book post. To tell you the truth, I got lost in a long book in a very busy Fall season and kind of got stuck. I picked up Middlesex at a thrift store and didn’t know anything about it except that it was a Pulitzer winner from several years ago. Let’s just say it definitely held my attention, even it took me forever and a day to get through it. And there’s something to be said for the satisfaction that comes with writing another title on my “finished” list. Here’s a quick rundown of the best of what I’ve read lately. . .
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides So for a quick summary of this long book: a fictional account of one of the world’s first identified hermaphrodites. The story goes back generations to explain how “family relations” may have contributed. I know it sounds weird, but I actually thought it was fascinating and the writing was great (hello, Pulitzer!). It reads like a sweeping family saga. If you have the time to invest and are up for something totally different, I recommend.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett I love this author and her new book did not disappoint. It falls under the category of family drama and follows the relationship of a brother and his beloved sister through a less-than-blissful childhood into adulthood. The house is a central figure (thus, the title) and I have a perfect picture in my mind of what it must’ve looked like. Highly recommend this one.
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth I listened to the audio version and from the cover art, was expecting a mystery thriller. It was actually more of a family drama told from the perspective of different members. I loved this one and even the audio fully kept my attention which is saying something.
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth After finishing The Mother-in-Law, I immediately looked up books by the same author and landed on this title. It didn’t disappoint. It takes you inside the mind of a younger woman who has early onset Alzheimers and finds herself in a senior living facility where she meets another younger man, also suffering from memory loss. An interesting look at love and family relationships in the middle of a devastating disease.
The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction novel–especially one that keeps me searching Google images for all of the actual people in the story. The Kennedys are always fascinating and I knew nothing about Kick, the second oldest sister. She was a feisty, independent thinker who defied her family’s Catholic roots for love. I enjoyed this one so much. Similar to The Summer I Met Jack, which I also loved.
Rosemary (The Hidden Kennedy Daughter) by Kate Clifford Larson After I finished The Kennedy Debutante, I immediately ordered this one. I love historical fiction and occasionally a good memoir but I’m not normally a fan of a straight-out biography. This book, however, was intriguing. It details the Kennedy family’s history with Rosemary that ultimately led to her secret lobotomy. It’s a heartbreaking and unbelievable story and an interesting look at how the way we care for the mentally ill has changed over the years.
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
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