Good morning! How was your weekend? Adam and I went kayaking on Saturday and had lunch with his mom yesterday (she came down for a few days to visit Adam’s grandma in Venice), which is a lot of activity for us in one weekend. This afternoon I leave for my second-to-last work trip to Columbus, and I’m starting to get depressed not knowing when I’ll have a piping hot Papa John’s personal pizza from the Charlotte airport again.
Anywho, we are gathered here today to discuss a few books I hope we can both enjoy in the coming months. I’ve had a hard time getting into anything lately, so I really took my time rounding up these titles based on recommendations from family members and ‘best of 2016’ lists. The final list includes a crime novel, an examination of the American civil rights movement and its aftermath, and a story about a girl who joins an infamous cult, among others. I hope you find something that piques your interest!
The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang
Charles Wang, an immigrant from China who’s just lost his cosmetics manufacturing empire in the 2008 financial crisis, takes his family on a hilarious cross-country road trip to stay with his oldest daughter after their home is repossessed.
Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality? by Thomas Sowell
This short book analyzes the successes and failures of the civil rights legislation of the 1950s and 1960s. I put it on the list because I want to understand how race relations in America became what they are today. Of course Thomas Sowell represents just one of many viewpoints, but I’m starting here because I find his writing fair and accessible.
The Girls by Emma Cline
Teenager Evie Boyd joins a Charles Manson-like cult in 1960s California. Cults = fascinating, and I’ve read multiple rave reviews of Cline’s writing style.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A young slave named Cora and her new friend Caesar attempt to escape the Georgia cotton plantation where they live. According to the book jacket, “As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.”
The Best American Short Stories 2016 edited by Junot Diaz
While I have more or less NO IDEA how I’ll structure my days post-A&F, I’d like to set aside some time for writing fiction and maybe even submit a short story or two for publication. Therefore, a collection of short stories to get me in the right mindset.
The Trespasser by Tana French
I don’t read many crime novels, but this one made several of the aforementioned ‘best of 2016′ lists. Detective Antoinette Conway fights to maintain her place on the boys’ club-y Murder Squad while investigating the homicide of a young woman that’s far more complicated than it initially seems.
An examination of ‘the Muslim world’s travail,’ written shortly before the 9/11 attacks of 2001.
- Have you read anything on this list, or do you plan to?
- Kindle or physical books? (I much prefer the latter but purchased several of these on my Kindle to save money! That’s why you don’t see them all pictured 🙂