Dorothy is a fortysomething food critic that gives a whole new meaning to the word maneater. The descriptions of food are indulgent and decadent. Her tastes are highbrow but the fictional memoir style confessional brings you back down, in on the not-so-secret secret. Read it for the power and the quiet insanity, the tricks she pulls off and the ones she doesn't.
Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night kept me up at night! in a good way! because I had to finish it in one sitting! This is a reissue of her first poetry collection printed from the Portland small press, Tin House. Parker's words dance amidst pain and reality television, Gwendolyn Brooks and Jay-Z. My favorite: "The World Is Beautiful but You Are Not in It"
I couldn't put this book down. The beautiful prose exhales its story of re-coming of age, lifecycles of desire and grief, and reckonings with power and lust directly into the reader's consciousness. Powerful and honest fiction that quietly but consistently wowed me.
This is a read-in-one-day kind of book or stretch it out into two if you don't want it to end. Written in fragments but still stays whole, Offill outlines the very real thoughts and feelings of a wife and mother with a careful wit and quiet intelligence. One of my favorite books I will come back to again and again; you should probably just read it.
In the absorbing world of online dating, when ghosting is the all too easy and preferred exit strategy, Ghosts will sting but it'll also soothe. Alderton brings us her relatable, thirtysomething woes as Nina deals with her food writing career, her married-with-kids friends, her aging parents, and, of course, her love life. Everyone's disappearing but that's not stopping her from showing up. Set in the London city suburbs, you'll tuck right in and won't want to leave.
Wow, Melanie Gideon DID NOT say you could go! Not until you’ve read every single page, until the very conclusion, of this twisted tale of female friendship. A decade ago, Gemma and Ruth bonded as the only single mothers in their daughters’ kindergarten class. It was the four of them against the world with Ruth providing the economic stability and Gemma the emotional support. But Bee and Marley are freshmen now, and things change, people grow apart, don’t they? Not if Ruth has anything to say about it.
Is the dead-end life of suburbia making an exhausted and frustrated mother believe her canines are sharper and her body is starting to sprout a tail capable of wagging? Or is she actually transforming into a furry beast, desperate to sate her wanderlust by loping into the night of her neighborhood, snapping the necks of small creatures between her jaws filled with the rage of someone once so full of ambition? Either way, it is capable of making you say *WHAT THE HELL* at 1AM because the character is so ravenously unhinged.
We all know who Marin Luther King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin were, but little has been written about their mothers. The women who raised them and instilled in each an unwavering passion to raise their voices against injustice. Each woman and their lives were different, but they were all instrumental in their sons lives. This book is a tribute to them and all mothers.
This story revolves around the defeat of ISIS and the little know of the women who fought on the front lines, street by street, commanded units of not just women but men as well. These women demanded equality and justice. Their example demonstrates that women are capable of fighting for the equality of all persons. Their courage is inspirational, their fight for what is right for all of humanity.
I can feel my gums tingling and grit on my face just from reading this story of Phoebe and Carmen’s escapades through 1980’s New York. Standiford’s adult debut novel brings us as close to time travel as possible, the dazzling nightclubs and downtown squats feel so real. A magnificent coming-of-age story full of dark twists and a quiet grief.