August 12, 2018

July 2018 Reads

July 49 Scribe Alyson Hagy
50 Us Against You Frederik Backman
51 What I Leave Behind Alison McGhee
52 Human Hours Catherine Barnett
53 Half Hazard Kristen Tracy
54 The Mars Room Rachel Kushner
55 Where The Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
56 Under My Skin Lisa Unger
57 So Long Gone Andre Dubus III
58 The Devil All The Time Donald Ray Pollack

As usual, lots of good books.  Here's a rundown of the books I recommend/love.

First, Us Against You, I've read all of Backman's novels, starting with A Man Called Ove.  They are all outstanding and this one is no exception.  If you haven't read Backman, what is wrong with you?  Start reading him.

Where the Crawdads Sing is hard to describe, but I loved it. "An exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming of age story, and a surprising" murder mystery. The quote is on the back cover of the ARC. I had a hard time putting this down, to do other things. The story was very engaging and beautifully written.

Under My Skin, a mystery with an ending that you'll never suspect. This is a very good read.

So Long Gone, Dubus renders this story of love, jealousy, guilt, and atonement in a voice that rings with authenticity and evokes the texture of working-class lives.  He's a great writer and I've loved all his books.

The Devil All the Time, stayed up past my bedtime finishing this. The writing is great but the characters are brutal, repellant, and horrifying. Not for the faint of heart. Read it, but you've been warned.
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