What We’re Reading This Week

BEN

White Girls by Hilton Als

“Wonderful collection of essays from this year. Als explores identity within society and self. Intellectual, poetic, and Junot Diaz’s must-read for the year.”

CAROLYN

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

“Fantastic! This book was given to me by a friend. It is composed of diary entries that Ehrlich wrote while living in Montana herding sheep. She left her life as a writer to have a bigger relationship with nature, and live among rough-and-tumble sheepherders who live a hermit-like life. Just them and the sheep.”

TOMMY

Unbreakable by W.C. Bauers

“Military sci-fi about space marines, very much in the vein of Starship Troopers, though more modern in content and writing. The main character is female = less misogyny! It’s about a female space marine who joins up to get away from her planet. Time skips after getting promoted, and she has to go back to her home planet to fight pirates. A good combination of action writing and character-driven storytelling.

JAN

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

“I read this book for Banned Books Week and loved it! Alexie’s is a super-important voice for young, old, Indians, white people, all the people. It took me back to my own high school days. I was having trauma flashbacks in a good way because it’s important for adults to remember what it’s like to be that age.”

WIL

Existence by David Brin

“Really, really, really, really good. Brin is a scientiest who writes sci-fi. He gives good aliens. Hard sci-fi, but a totally enjoyable.”

One thought on “What We’re Reading This Week

  1. I posted a recent 5* review (Amazon) on Hilton Al’s “White Girls”. A book about racism and cultural awareness/observation, Al’s also writes with fascinating insight about Truman Capote, Michael Jackson, Malcolm X, Emenem, Richard Pryor , also many others involved in the arts, his insight was articulate and fascinating. There were times when his language was a bit too gritty (bordering on vulgarity) but.. it is just as easy to overlook, considering how great this book is:)

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