Inbox/Outbox: March 17, 2017

Another week, another batch of books! I’m both sad that this week’s promised blizzard didn’t materialize at all so I could stay inside and read for a few days, and happy it didn’t because, well, life has to go on. Let’s get to it:

Inbox (Books Acquired)

Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma (June 20th, Scribner)— A wealthy and “listless” teenager (aren’t all wealthy teenagers listless?) in Brazil loses his mother in a car accident, watches his father fall apart, and develops a relationship with the daughter of his family’s maid. Thirty years pass and the boy becomes a surgeon married to a British woman, and he begins to receive letters from the maid’s daughter, revealing memories he’s repressed entirely. Mystery! Rich people problems! Rio! Huzzah!

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (March 21, Tor)— The first book in a new series from John Scalzi, who I haven’t yet read (but love on Twitter!). In this new universe, humanity discovers an extra-dimensional field we can use for interstellar travel, creates new civilizations because of it, then realizes the field is shifting and might leave us stranded. Reminds me of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season in that it starts at the end, which is a trope I love.

Outbox (Books Finished)

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman— Cold weather reduces me to a babbling mess of whiny woman-child, so I love reading books about the North! So I never have to go there! Blair Braverman’s memoir about leaving California to make home in Norway and on a glacier in Alaska is as much about dogsledding and adventure as it is about being the lone woman for miles for most of her young adulthood. Come for the coming-of-age story, stay for the tidbits about how working in the Arctic gives you sunburn UP your nostrils. UP them.

March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell— Finally read the last volume in Congressman John Lewis’s graphic memoir about his role in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. It filled in a lot of holes in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement, from what made the racist Democrats of the South abandon the party and flee to the Republican party, to Malcom X’s relationship with the other leaders of the era. Should be required reading for every American.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole LemonSons of Anarchy meets Thelma and Louise? Yes and yes. Virginia is a low-level drug dealer working for a small-town attorney who tasks her with infiltrating the ruling biker gang and finding out their dirty secrets. Instead, Virginia befriends Tourmaline, the gang President’s daughter. Shenanigans ensue! I’m loving this one.

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell–A collection of short stories about modern life in Argentina, the words “Shirley Jackson” were mentioned in the description, that’s basically all I needed to know. The first story has a child’s violent death in it and I don’t get the feeling the rest of the stories will be sunnier, but I couldn’t put it down.

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