I haven’t shared a book with you in over a month! A shame, because I’ve been reading some good ones:
1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart
I’ve been telling everyone about this engaging and timely examination of the cultural moment in the United States just before the Civil War. What was the political situation like? How did people really feel about the pressing issues of the day? I found a lot of parallels between 1861 and today, which is both comforting and frightening. A really great read!
Looker by Laura Sims
Our narrator lives next door to a famous actress. Our narrator has just been through a messy divorce and is sort of obsessed with the actress. Our narrator is bonkers. Taut and disturbing, but not without some dark humor! For fans of The Woman Upstairs, The Woman in the Window, and A Kind of Intimacy.
Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood
I really like what I think of as “cozy food writing.” The kind where the author talks about their families and the people they cook for, the food they grew up with, and the dishes that strike an emotional cord for them. Hood delivers all of this in Kitchen Yarns, alongside wonderful descriptions of food and cooking.
Not bad for a month’s work. My apologies for not keeping up with blogging about them!