This book is a melancholy, beautifully written study in all kinds of vulnerability. The fragility of relationships is revealed through tiny details and subtle nuances. We see, too, the powerlessness of best intentions to defend against racial injustice. American Marriage tells us that Roy and Celeste are not afforded the luxury of complacency as they pursue their personal and professional goals — guards must be up, ready for any tragic or unfair turn of events to upend carefully mapped out plans.
An American Marriage delivers this point in poignant and heartbreaking ways. Choosing an item to cook from this book was not hard. A simple pear plays a key symbolic role in this story, one of longing, desperation and shame. This pear upside-down cake from Bon Appeti t was definitely intended for more experienced cooks than I am — it was labor intensive an hard to pull off but the results were delicious. There has never been a more perfect time to read this special novel that truly filled my heart. This Is How It Always Is introduces us to the Walsh-Adams family: caring, supportive parents; rambunctious brothers; a home that is a tumble of affectionate chaos and love.
Their youngest son, Claude, wants to become a girl. During the course of the book, the Walsh-Adams clan begins to feel like dear friends. And even as this book opens our eyes wide to the world of transgender children, it is also a study of the complicated, tenuous nature of parenting. A pivotal part of the book takes place in Thailand, a country I visited 20 years ago and that has a special place in my heart. A new dinner staple!
Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. My youngest recently asked me why so many books I read are sad. I explained there are different kinds of sadness in books — often plot driven, sometimes character driven — but a certain kind of sadness calls on us to bear witness, to learn, to respect. Pay attention, the chapters seem to say, and know what has happened in these pages.
Homegoing begins with the divergent paths of two sisters separated at birth in Ghana, with each chapter alternating between the descendants of the two. As one sister is sold into slavery and the other is married off to a white English slaver, the generations that follow navigate the institutional oppression and profound unfairness that existed exists in both America and Africa — from the earliest years of slavery, Jim Crow era, civil rights and beyond, through present times.
The storytelling is powerful, moving, important — and utterly unforgettable. Pumpkin pasty from the trolley witch, dears?
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I entered an online waiting room without about 24, other hopeful theatergoers they display your actual number in line. Having absolutely nowhere to go that day, I waited. And waited. And waited, watching the numbers dwindle.
Finally, after almost two hours, I bought matinee and evening tickets for mid September. It seemed so far away! After end of school tests, summer adventures. There was still snow on the ground! But finally the day arrived, and it was perfection. But you simply must see it for yourselves. It is not to be believed.
We laughed, we gasped, we jumped a foot out of our seats. Lots of magic. Do go check it out. And keepthesecrets. Lush, dreamy and wild, the marshes of North Carolina are more than just the setting of this enchanting novel. They are the driving force that propels the story forward, its inhabitants pulsating with life, providing protection, solace, danger and even companionship to Kya, a child raising herself alone after she is abandoned by her family.
But I kept coming back to blackberry cobbler, which showed up a few times in the story and sounded more delicious with each mention. This baking adventure taught me the difference between pie, cobbler, crisp and crumble — it was quite an education! And made me question why I always favor the sweeter berries, when the wild and less conventional blackberry has more texture, depth and fortitude. Sounds a little like Kya, to me. The storyline sounded somewhat uncomfortable, and the characters seemed hard to love or cheer for.
Seeking levity after a particularly heavy novel, I relented am so glad I did. This book was moving, funny, heartwarming — and made me cry a little too. Eleanor is lonely and isolated beyond reach, not the least bit fine, for layers upon layers of reasons that build upon themselves. When she meets Raymond, a new employee at the office where she works, something resembling friendship begins to bloom in Eleanor, and her reclusive, regimented life will never be the same.
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Eleanor spends her time with three things, frozen pizza, vodka and her house plant Polly. And so, here is my homemade pizza with vodka sauce. A fitting representation of one of the best lessons that makes this story so special. Cyril is born to an unwed mother in Dublin and raised there by adoptive parents. Self-acceptance is elusive for Cyril — it seems shame and self-loathing are forced upon him by all of Ireland.
But as the myriad relationships and events of his life unfold, we root for Cyril to wholeheartedly embrace who he is and finally seek the happiness he deserves. This book is practically foodless, and Irish cuisine is not known for being photogenic. But this cover certainly is, so I baked an Irish soda bread and paired it with some lovely summer peaches just because they matched. Also: can we discuss the heart-shaped peach on the lower left?
The key is to never stop doing right. Initially I read this book to gauge whether it would be right for my boys — but was immediately drawn in myself by this unique and heartfelt account of racism and police violence. Sixteen year old Starr lives two distinct lives: one with her family in the poor black neighborhood where she lives, and one at the privileged, mainly white private school she attends. When her childhood best friend is killed by the police and she is the sole witness, the aftermath and her decision whether to speak out may threaten her family, her friendships and most of all her own identity.
This book invites a true examination for all of how racial bias — in the form of lethal violence, subtle remarks and everything in between — shapes the world around us.
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The Hate U Give features a memorable moment of levity as friends debate perspectives on macaroni and cheese. Full meal or side dish? Box or oven? Breadcrumbs or no? They soon realize, however, that the dangers within their own home are even more perilous than the vicious Alaskan beasts and deadly weather that surround them. This story has something for everyone: a strong female character who not only comes of age, but is the only one adulting around here , suspense, romance and adventure.
Leni is ultimately faced with harrowing choices as she aims to save herself and her mother from their circumstances, while protecting her newfound love from her father, and Alaska itself. The need to find, catch and eat salmon is a constant in Kaneq — there is even a celebration of the beginning of salmon season, started by native tribes. Salmon is what keeps the characters eating throughout the year when food is scarce. This thekitchn recipe even calls for Alaskan sockeye salmon: it was meant to be.
This book gripped my heart hard from the first page, broke it in a million pieces and still has not let it go. Sing Unburied Sing is a gut wrenching and mystical meditation on the Black experience in the south, past and present, individually and collectively, with no simple endings and no easy answers as to what the future will hold.
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It is unforgettable. There is no red velvet cake in Sing Unburied Sing. There is only the memory of those cakes by a teenage boy, and thoughts of happier birthdays than his thirteenth in chapter one. I could bake Jojo a thousand red velvet cakes and it still would not be enough. Also, kudos to all the cake bakers out there! My adventures in springform pans and bright red batter were definitely not photogenic!
This is in essence a coming of age story, both for a young Indian woman living in London, and also, belatedly, for the group of much older Punjabi women taking a writing class she teaches. When these older ladies inadvertently discover an erotic novel, their own writing and path to self discovery takes an unexpected turn. The book is overall contemporary and light and spicy!
Cup after cup of chai in this book! How could I resist the opportunity to learn to make a chai latte? What I learned: You can foam milk in the microwave. Star anise smells super amazing. Two percent is the foamiest of foamy milk. And I need to find a new recipe for cardamom because I have way too many pods!
Pachinko is a multi generational family saga to get lost in, a historical novel set in Japan-occupied Korea and later in Japan that spans much of the 20th century. Through four generations, the book highlights the sacrifices made and alienation felt as this family of Koreans struggle to make Japan their home.
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