Inbox/Outbox: September 23, 2016

I was on vacation for most of last week and I am not a vacation reader (I prefer to stare into space for at least 48 hours and eat tacos), so it was a bit of a slow week. But satisfying anyway! Here we go:

Inbox (Books Acquired)

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (Feb. 17, 2017, Picador)– Comped with Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (yes) about two elderly women, one black and one white, in a good South African neighborhood who. Well. Hate each other. They’ve spent decades sniping at each other across the hedge between their houses, and now they’re both widowed and unusual circumstances are forcing them together. Grumpy old ladies, so here for it.


Outbox (Books Finished)

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton— Oprah, you are so wise. I happen to be someone who married very young for bad reasons and had kids and whose marriage ended, so this memoir from another woman who married very young for bad reasons and had kids and whose marriage imploded (and then ended, as the news has told us) was welcome. Glennon feels my feelings, y’all, and as the first person in my peer group to marry, have kids, and then end a marriage, I’m really not used to that. Her revelations felt a little too-nicely packaged sometimes (the “finding God at breathing class” bit was kinda eye-rolly), but when I was able to drop some cynicism and go with it, the book was refreshing and brutal.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips– I’ve just started this on audio (the author is on a panel I’m moderating at Book Riot Live about rewriting history) and SIDENOTE the author’s slight Georgia drawl makes for excellent narration. In 1912, the white people in the author’s hometown ran the entire black community out of town, confiscated their property, claimed their crops, and destroyed their businesses. The county remained “all white” until the 1990s– THE 1990s–, and this is an examination of how something so disgusting could exist for so long in America.

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson– My first Kim Stanley Robinson, and I’m loving it! In the year 2312, humanity has terraformed and inhabited every possible rock in the solar system (the city on Mercury survives by constantly moving on a track system to stay out of the sunlight, forever fleeing the dawn). But then there are plots! And shenanigans! Plots and shenanigans in space are where I live now.


That’s it for me! How was your week in reading?

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