Another week, another stack of books! Which is my way of saying all is right with the world. Let’s dive in:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (April 19, Simon & Schuster) — A multigenerational tale about the relationships between mothers and daughters, beginning in rural Bengal and ending in Houston, Texas. The mother/daughter relationship is one that needs more exploration in fiction, and I look forward to giving this a go.
A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century by Jerome Charyn (March 15th, Bellevue Literary Press) — A new biography of Dickinson that turns her “virginal recluse” reputation on its head and paints a picture of a bisexual Dickinson who was “intensely engaged with the world.” Interested in the evidence the author is using to get to these conclusions!
Outbox (Books Finished)
The Alphabet of Birds by SJ Naudé — A wonderfully melancholy collection of short stories about loss, sex, family, and expat living from a new-to-me South African writer. I loved this with many loves, and have been thinking about some of the stories for days in a row now. Highly recommended.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins — This is my book club’s next read, and I’m about half way through. I skipped this one when it first came out because the buzz made me nervous, but we’re far enough away now that I could go into it without much trepidation. The comparisons to Gone Girl exist for obvious reasons, as far as I can tell at this point, but I’m waiting for any of the smart feminist edge that the Flynn novel had. We’ll see!
That’s it for me! How was your week in reading?