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Dec. 21

"Silver Sparrow"

Jan. 21

"Silver Sparrow"

 by Tayari Jones

 

 

With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the teenage girls caught in the middle.

 

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s families– the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and flawed characters, she also reveals the joy, and the destruction, they brought to each other’s lives.

 

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


 

Homeland Elegies

By Ayad Akhtar 

A deeply personal work about hope and identity in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of belonging and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque adventure -- at its heart, it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.

Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and our ideals have been sacrificed to the gods of finance, where a TV personality is president and immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds of 9/11 wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one -- least of all himself -- in the process


The official ranking of the books we previously read :

2019-2020

Transatlantic - Colum McCann                                      6.28/10 

The Wych Elm - Tana French                                          5.97/10    The Borrowed - Chan Ho-Kei

Educated - Tara Westover                                                  8.53/10

Unsheltered - Barbara Kingsolver

The Power - Naomi Alderman 

War & Turpentine  - Stefan Hertmans                           7.2/10

Snap - Belinda Bauer

In Another Country and Besides - Maxwell Jacobs

 

The books' reviews are here!

2020-2021

Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson                          6.5/10

Lost Children Archive - Valerie Luiselli                               4.6/10

The Salt Path - Raynor Winn                                                  6.2/10

The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek - K.M. Richardson 

                                                                                                         7.1/10

Things Fall Apart - Chiuha Achebe                                    8.07/10

Small Island - Andrea Levy                                                      7.9/10

Girl Woman Other - Bernardine Evaristo                            7.3/10

The Dry - Jane Harper                                                              7.3/10

Nothing to Envy - Barbara Demick                                       8.4/10

Agent Running in the Field - John LeCarré                     5.75/10

Thunderstruck - Erik Larson                                                  7.5/10

The Midgnight Library - Matt Haig               

 


2016-2017

 

After yet another year of reading, here's a reminder of the books we loved, hated or felt rather uninterested by.

  

"A Meal in Winter" (Sep)                     4.4

"Their Eyes Were Watching  God" (Oct)         6.83

"A Gap of Time" (Nov)                      5.57

"Slade House" (Dec)                            6.57

"A Clockwork Orange" (Jan)           6.36 

"Orlando" (Feb)                                    7.96

"The Kraken Wakes" (Mar)               6.75

"Bonk" (Apr)                                         6.55

"Dirt Music" (May)                                7.1

"The Glass Room" (Jun)                    7.58

"Genghis Khan" (Jul)                           5.63

2015-2016

 

Here you find the books we've read in the year of 2015/2016.

 

 

The Poisonwood Bible                        8.63

Blindness                                                 7.83

Kepler                                                      6.57

Go With Me                                           4.40

The Twin                                                7.20

Cold Cold Ground                              2.88

The Golem and the Djinni                7.93

The Quiet American                           7.10

The Memoirs of Hadrien                   7.25

English Passengers  

2014-2015

 

Below you can find an overview of all the books we read for the year 2014-2015

 

The Devil in the White City              5.14

World War Z                                          7.06

Breakfast at Tiffany's                            8.11

The Lives of Girls and Women         7.14

The House on Mango Street             5.93

We Have Always Lived in the Castle                      8.00

I am Malala                                             6.33

Three Day Road                                   7.25

Lamb                                                        3.71

The Bellwether Revivals                     6.80