Blair and Endya's favorite books read in 2020. Despite the stress of this year, we read some pretty good books along the way.
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Owners Blair and Endya have been having so much fun at our monthly Book du Mois Club meetings, and we are excited to start announcing our book picks quarterly so all of us have a ton of time to read and plan around the Book du Mois club date! So here’s our Winter 2021 Lineup:
In January, we will explore a new thriller that has been topping the bestselling charts: When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. In this book, Cole looks at gentrification and its racists roots and imagines this process at its extreme. This book has been described as “Get Out” meets “Rear Window” and we can’t wait to see how uncomfortable this psychological thriller can make us! January’s Book du Mois Club meeting will take place via Zoom on January 30 at 4pm. Use the buttons below to register and buy the book and/or audiobook, or stop by the store and pick up a copy!
In February, we will switch format to a novella/short story series that has been making waves: The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. Evans has been applauded by many for her unique and insightful voice. In this novella series, she tells short stories in the lives of her characters that each speak to a greater historical, cultural, and racial issue. Although these stories are fiction, we expect Evans can provide an interesting perspective on American history this Black History Month. February’s Book du Mois Club meeting will be on February 27 at 4pm. We have not yet decided whether the event will be via Zoom or in person in The Whisper Room, so stay tuned for that announcement! Use the buttons below to buy the book and/or audiobook, or stop by the store and pick up a copy!
In March, we will venture into new sci-fi territory with Jeff Vandermeer’s acclaimed Annihilation. In this book, Area X has been cut-off from the rest of the world for decades, and with each planned expedition into the territory, stranger and stranger things are happening to the explorers. Vandermeer takes us on the latest expedition with an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and our narrator, a biologist, to discover not only the strange things lurking in Area X, but also the strange secrets these explorers bring with them. March’s Book du Mois Club meeting will be on March 27 at 4pm. We have not yet decided whether the event will be via Zoom or in person in The Whisper Room, so stay tuned for that announcement! Use the buttons below to buy the book and/or audiobook, or stop by the store and pick up a copy!
Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart
Swimming Lessons, Reinhart’s first poetry collection, explores themes of heartache, depression, and belonging. Reinhart opens with an introduction explaining her inspiration to give words to feelings, in the hopes that people with similar feelings may feel less alone. Reinhart’s free verse style is unassuming. The poems are short and simple yet expressed complex emotions that are difficult to describe. The collection was quite literal and didn’t depend heavily on metaphor or imagery, making them accessible to those who may not enjoy classical styles of poetry. I was able to listen to the audio version, narrated by the author, and there was a sense of deep intimacy in the work as Reinhart smoothly transitioned from one poem to the next.The poems read as stream of consciousness journal entries, so fans of Rupi Kaur would enjoy this collection.
The poems reflect privileges that the author enjoys, thus topics regarding race and class are not present. I would recommend this collection to adult and teen readers that can handle descriptions of depression and anxiety, and are unbothered by less structured forms of poetry.
Special thanks to our friends at Libro.fm, who provided a copy of Swimming Lessons for me to listen to.
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