Back to the library part of this blog —- here are the books kicking off my summer.
I had high expectations for AN UNTAMED STATE and Roxane Gay’s novel lived up to every one of them. It’s a shocking story. It’s a heartbreaking story. It’s a story about control and power and money and violence and marriage and what it means to be a female person in this world. This is the best book I’ve read this year … by miles.
I re-read Mark Doty’s memoir DOG YEARS to see how it worked structurally, and ended up loving it even more than I did the first time through. You don’t have to be a dog-person to love this book. Sure, it’s about his dogs Arden and Beau, but it’s really about how and why we love what we love, how we grieve, and how we find love again.
I just started SISTERLAND, but so far so good. I have to admit I was stunned by the prologue. The story takes place in St. Louis, and she opens with a story about the New Madrid earthquake of 1811-12 —- which is freakily similar to a chapter I wrote for my memoir, waaaaay back in the first draft. That chapter no longer exists, but still …
What books are kicking off your summer?