5 books I’m stoked to read

A little mix of new books, and new to me book I’m pretty excited about finding. So far for the new year my to read list is growing quickly. See anything that might pull you out of a reading rut or out of your reading comfort zone?

Lucy Barton

1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stroug

From author of Olive Kitteridge, Lucy is recovering from an operation and unexpectedly reconnecting with her mother, the book looks at relationships, as Lucy remembers her childhood, marriage, children and aspiration to be a writer.

Wherever there is light

2. Wherever There is Light by Peter Golden

One love story, two families, three generations. The story stretches from the 1920s to post World War II, from New York to Florida to Europe, across world history and mixing with the biggest artists of the times. This isn’t stepping too far from my preferred genre of 20th century history, but I can’t resist – it sounds too good.

Dear Mr You

3. Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

I didn’t know Mary-Louise Parker wrote a book. We may be in a memoir moment, and some may be feeling a little tired of it, but, it being Mary-Louise Parker, I’m down.

Sound of gravel

4. The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

The true story of the child of a polygamous church leader, and her life shuttling between the reclusive Mexican farmland of community, and the United States where her mother takes her regularly to collect government support. The book sounds interesting for a few reasons: 1. it’s true, 2. it’s told through the eyes of a child as she puts together what her life is, and what it could be if she can escape, 3. this story isn’t a common one, and certainly not often shared.

Americanah

5. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sort of a cheat – I’m reading it now. But loving it. The author writes beautifully, and tells the story of people not normally shared in the West. The story of a young woman and and her first love, from childhood to vastly different immigrant experiences in America and the United Kingdom. Eye opening, fascinating and engaging. Don’t worry, I know from others its good from start to finish. I cannot recommend it enough.

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