Nonfiction November: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Diverse Reads / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Nonfiction: Memoir

Nonfiction November: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

For anyone who is thinking about becoming a lawyer, or trying to make the most of their legal career, I highly recommend Sotomayor’s memoir. I also recommend it to anyone who simply wants to be inspired by this smart, caring, and dedicated woman. I picked up this book because Hillbilly Elegy got me thinking about … Continue reading

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

I picked up this book from NetGalley because I loved Ritter in Jessica Jones.  I know that acting and writing are completely different, but I feel like she must have brought a lot of herself to the role, so I was curious about her first novel. I should say first off that the modern-day mystery-thriller … Continue reading

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

I loved this thoughtful book about immigration and U.S. citizenship.  It was the perfect complement to the other books I’ve read on this subject, like Lisa Ko’s The Leavers and Diane Guerrero’s In the Country I Love. This is the story of Jende Jonga and his wife Neni.  The Jongas are from Cameroon, having emigrated … Continue reading

Best Books of Summer Part Two: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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Best Books of Summer Part Two: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This was a powerful book about the impacts of slavery, and for me it was another book of summer that completely lived up to the hype.  Gyasi writes of two sisters, living in two different African villages.  One marries a white slaver and remains in what is today Ghana, and the other is captured at … Continue reading

The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman
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The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

When I went on vacation I didn’t get to review some great reads, so I’m working on catching up.  This one was my favorite. Alderman’s novel won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017, but I was a little afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype. This book was amazing.  It took a … Continue reading

The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price
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The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price

Last month I wrote about Daniel Price and an article he wrote in Literary Hub about developing strong, non-sexist female characters and how he responded to criticism of his novel The Flight of the Silvers.  After he solicited additional input from one of his readers, he writes that he took that input and applied it … Continue reading

Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman
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Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman

I really enjoy Victorian mysteries, so was pleased to accept a copy of this book from the author.  I should note first off that this is the third book in the D.S. Billings Victorian Mystery series, and I much prefer to read a series in order, but was willing to read Book 3 on the … Continue reading

Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò
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Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

I found this book about a marriage in Nigeria fascinating and meaningful, although it wasn’t quite what I expected. The story begins with a married couple who now live apart.  Yejide is going to see her husband after many years for his father’s funeral. Then the story takes us back to the early years of … Continue reading

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews

This summer I’ve been reading a lot of great science fiction and fantasy.  This batch is all science fiction, although I’m finding the distinction is somewhat blurred in a lot of what I read.  I suppose that’s because I don’t read too much traditional science fiction (which I think of as relying on technological and … Continue reading

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

I liked this book a lot more than I expected to, and I find myself referring to it often.  It’s well-written and Vance tells his story in an engaging and meaningful way.  More importantly, he humanizes the people living in the Appalachian area while not idealizing them.  In fact, he argues very clearly that this … Continue reading

The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
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The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams

I was pretty much glued to this book while I was reading it.  It’s both suspenseful and thoughtful, and provides detailed information about a country that most Americans know little about.  Williams, a former aid worker in Uganda, tells the story from two perspectives.  Sabine is a German woman who has spent most of her adult life … Continue reading