The Downstairs Girl

Told from a Chinese-American girl's perspective during the time of women's suffrage in the antebellum south, this story covers intersectionality, racism, sexism, feminism and a love interest that hints at miscegenation - all topics that are still very much relevant today.

A paperback version of the title "Of Captivity & Kings" lays on a wooden background with a candle, glasses, and a gray shawl arranged around it.

Of Captivity & Kings – Book Review

The premise of the book is truly interesting to me, and it is obvious that Laster did her research in order to write this book. But, while this story started out strong with an opening scene that's sure to get your heart rate up, as it gets into the world-building and story, it just doesn't really ever pick up again.

The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea by Erin MorgensternPublished by: Doubleday BooksPublish Date: 2019Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, LGBT, Books About BooksHB&W Rating: 3View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon: Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, … Continue reading The Starless Sea

Educated

The title of the book is Educated, and while education is definitely a central element to the story, the story isn't even about that. It's about abuse in its many and varied forms, the effects of mental illness, and discovering the truth about the world and yourself FOR yourself.

Anxious People

The first book I read by this author was Beartown. I really disliked it. The second book I read by this author, and only because I had heard SO many good things about it, was A Man Called Ove. I LOVED it. And so I found myself in a 50/50 split, and I have never been so torn on an author. When several people recommended Anxious People to me, I had my reservations. A Man Called Ove had a certain magic that is extremely difficult to replicate, and I really didn't think Anxious People could be on the same level, but I read it anyway hoping to break that 50/50 split and definitively lean one way or the other on Backman as a writer. After reading this book, I'm still 50/50. Let me break that down.

The Book of Lost Friends

To be honest, after reading the synopsis for this one, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved Before We Were Yours so much that I fully trusted Wingate.  Part coming of age, part adventure story, part crusade, this book doesn’t shy away from the shadowy bits of history we might want to sweep under the rug.

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka JoshiPublished by: Mira BooksPublish Date: 2021Genre(s): Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural - IndiaHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon: Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis It’s the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private … Continue reading The Secret Keeper of Jaipur