Fall: the time of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, sweater weather, and enjoying the last of the outside reading. So what should you be reading while sipping your PSL? Let me tell you.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. A wonderful fiction book about a friendship that develops between three people, and the way in which friendship can heal a profoundly damaged person. Let’s just put it this way: I sobbed all over the lemons at Loblaws listening to this audiobook, so … buyer beware.
- Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, by Susan Southard. I got this book recommendation from reading Hillary’s book (it was one of the ones that she read after her loss), and it was a GREAT recommendation. Considering the levity with which Trump and Kim Jong Un throw around threats of Nuclear war, this assessment of what life is like in the immediate thereafter is a really sobering reminder about the fact that it’s not a joke. Further, it really challenges the dominant narrative about the immediate necessity of the nuclear bombs, and is an overall great read.
- What Happened, Hillary Clinton. Regardless of politics, it’s a really interesting insight into what she felt and did during the campaign and immediately thereafter. Sad to say that this book was considered MORE depressing than the aforementioned one on Nagasaki.
- Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford. A light and frothy read, in the vein of Confessions of a Shopaholic although with a markedly less interesting and loveable main character (I love you Becky Brandon!)
- Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar. A black boy is fostered, and then adopted, into an affluent white family. Racial issues ensue. A bit cookie cutter, but GUYS THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.
- Moonglow by Michael Chabon. The author behind A Yiddish Policeman’s Union is back with a new and RAVED-ABOUT book, the story of his grandfather (sex, thrills and drama ensue).
- Origin, by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon is back at it with the newest instalment of the Da Vinci code series. HIGHLY enjoyable, although a bit predictable.
- Victoria and Abdul, the story of Queen Victoria and her late-in-life and apparently-inappropriate friendship with an Indian administrator in her court. Now a movie starring Dame Judy Dench!
- I am Watching You, Teresa Driscoll. A WAY better version of I See You by Clare Mackintosh. Skip the latter, get the former. An excellent and entertaining thriller that is absolutely worth picking up!
Enjoy your PSL and/or your coffee with cardamom and happy reading!