The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu tells the story of five women and how a tragic event in their childhood affected their lives as adults. The reason I picked this book up is that it starts out in the Pacific Northwest, a place that I think is the best place on earth to live.
At the start of the book all of the girls stories are told, when the get to adulthood each of the now women have a separate section of the book that tells their story. There is Nita, Andee, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan. To be honest and that is what I am here for, none of these women stand out to me. They all have their problems, some fight, some hide, some mentally break down.
I would have thought that what the girls went through as children would have had more of an impact on their lives. This was more about other things that happened to them, and choices they made later in life. My original note on this book asked if the girls had not gone to camp would their lives had been the same? Now looking back at the book, I realize that yes, they would have been the same. Even though I wanted the camping trip to be a defining moment in their lives it was more of a blip.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi was a book that my book club read. I don’t know if I have explained how out book club works, but I am going to do that now. To pick a book someone in the group will pitch the book, and then the group votes on it. This is important for this book, the man who pitched this book spoke as if this were a memoir and not a work of fiction. I was actually surprised that this is non-fiction.
This was a well written and interesting book. While there are parts of the world that take place in the world, most of this book takes place in the mind of the main character Ada. Ada is a Liminal a person who has one foot in this world and another in the spirit world. She has little gods in her head that, talk to her, control her and protect her. These spirits are Nigerian and Igbo, and it was interesting to read about them.
One of the questions that the book club asked about this book is “who would we recommend this book to?” This is a hard question as the book covers so many hard topics that it is hard to narrow that down. I am going to recommend that if you are in the mental health field or if you are spiritual to read this book. It will give you an amazing perspective on what we think of as mental illness or someone touched by gods.
“If you die in a video game, do you die in real life?”
I have a confession to make The Wood Wife is my first Terri Windling book. It will not be my last. First off in this book art is an actual character. The way Ms. Windling describes the painting that Maggie Black find I could almost see the lines of paint, or smell the sculptors clay.
I always like reading books about places that I have lived or been. I have lived in Tucson where this book takes place, and it made me miss the desert. The way the air feels after the sun goes down on a hot day. The way the heat sucks all of the moisture out of the air, and the skin.
Maggie inherits the home of a poet and she heads to Tucson to put both his and her affairs in order. This book is filled with magical realism and the not so real. The live that Maggie finds is not what she thought it was, and the grip of those who live in the desert not only affect her, but her neighbors as well. The myth of the book is so well crafted that I wanted to go and look for it.
If you have not read The Wood Wife or any book by Terri Windling, I suggest you give her writing a try.
“Real enough to touch. I fed on breakfast in my kitchen-and that is pretty real, wouldn’t you say?”
“Angela and Isabella have not father but the sky, no mother but the earth.”
I just realizes that I need to start taking better notes, or blog about a book when I am done reading it, but who has time for that. Why Monkeys Live in Trees by Ruouf Mama is an amazing book of folk tales.
This is a book for people who love the trickster tales, the tales with a moral meaning, the tales with what could be biblical stories. What amazes me about books like this is if I pick up a book of First Nation tales, or Irish myths these stories will be in there. Sure the names are changed, the landscape is changed, but the meaning is the same. The trickster is the same, the moral tale is the same. They are also different.
They rhythm in how they are told is different, the same story might have a different meaning in how, and why it is told. This would be a good book for a class project on tall tales, there are more out there then Aesop. Kids would love the story of Monkey and why he lives in trees.
“I gave them titles, for Beninese folktales have no titles…”
“And they shall find the fruit of your labor pleasing in the extremes.” (Referring to bees)
“People say that there is nothing the children of Lie dread more than an encounter with the children of Truth, for the moment they see the children of Truth face to face the children of Lie wither and die.”
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern, is the book of found families and who and how we choose to get involved. This was a commuter book for me, meaning that I listened to it as an audio book.
This is one of those books that is perfect for a drive or reading on the beach. Kit is a librarian in a small town that is losing its grip on live. Sunny is a child who is looking for structure, and then there is Rusty a man who thinks he has lost everything in the market crash.
None of these were my favorite character, I loved some of the secondary characters. There is a group of old men who for me just make the book. I know this book should be about Kit, Sunny and Rusty and their mysteries their problems. But I loved the old guys. I just wish that I could remember their names. It is just one of those strange things where if I read a name I can remember it, but hearing them I just can’t remember.
This book is not going to change the world, it is not totally original. It is however fun, light, and easy for the summer.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is just pure escapism. Part romance, part gossip, part nuts, this book is just fun to listen to. I did listen to it, I have found that I like audio books on my commute home. It helps me get my mind off work and I can relax.
This is also a perfect bathtub book. I will say that the family in here is huge, I can see one advantage to having a paper copy there is a family tree in the book. The audio version was just so fun to listen to. Half the time I did not know what was going on. One person in the book I wanted to BITCH slap. Oh, he is an asshole.
I do not handle animal abuse well there should be a trigger waning for that. It is there but not bold in your face there, but enough that I had to skip that part of the book.
The book will also make you hungry if you like good food. MMMMmmm good food.
Would I recommend,?yes. Will I listen to the second one? yes. Will I go see the movie when it come out? I don’t know. Oh, I should tell you that this is being made into a movie.
If I had not listened to this as an audio-book I would call this a bathtub book for sure. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phardra Patrick is adorable.
Arthur Pepper lives his life by a set schedule, wakes up at 7:00am, has one cup of tea, waters Fredreka you get the idea. The book opens on the one year anniversary of the death of his wife. Mr. Pepper decides that he is going to clear out her belongings, and in her boot he finds a box.
Once he opens that box his neat orderly world is turned upside down. He makes phone calls, he travels, he has adventures and all because he cannot leave a mystery alone.
This story was so sweet and it made for a great read in the car when I was commuting. I need to see if Ms. Patrick has written any other books.
Would I recommend, yes. Would I own, no.