Week 29 – 2017

Hello Everyone! I’m going to jump right in today. Week 29 covers July 17 – 23. As always, feedback is encouraged.

Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes – I borrowed this as an actual book from the Boston Public Library. I love this author. Aside from Me Before You, I thought One Plus One was outstanding. This book is short stories and they all have a bit of a twist to them. They are single serving delights. The title story is quite good and there is another one about a jewel heist that I especially enjoyed. I’m giving this 4 stars.

The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. I will read ANYTHING about ballet dancers. This one is incredibly good. It tells the story of 2 sisters who are competing for spots in the same dance company. Kate is quickly becoming a drug addict and Gwen had to return home to deal with a recent bout of mental illness. Kate is haunted by the fact that she was the one to alert her parents but also she questions her judgment and whether it was jealousy that lead her to turn in her sister. I thought it was beautiful in every way. I’m giving it 5 stars.

A Tranquil Star by Primo Levi – I borrowed this as an audiobook from the BPL. This is a collection of short stories by an Italian author that was imprisoned in Auschwitz for 11 months. In one of the stories, he re-imagines his capture by the Nazis. I thought that was the best one of the lot, but they are all good in their own way. I like a different perspective. I’m giving it 3 stars.

 

The Return by Hisham Matar – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This was something I recommended. This is a memoir by an author who returns to Libya in order to find out the truth of what happened to his father, since his kidnapping 22 years prior. I thought this was brilliant. It sort of reads like a novel, and I kept having to remind myself that these were not characters in a story, but rather actual people who really lived. It is incredibly well written. I’m giving it 5 stars.

And that is it for Week 29. Let me know what you think. I love hearing from all of you.

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