The Cat's Table
Sara J. read Michael Ondaatje’s “The Cat’s Table,” which recounts the story of an eleven-year-old boy’s sea voyage to England and the adventures he encounters along the way that eventually shape the person he becomes. Sara says of the book: “It lets us ponder over the differences that intrude into our life as we grow, and how our innocence washes away.”
The Bad Seed
Kristin W. finished William March’s 1954 bestseller “The Bad Seed,” which inspired Mervyn LeRoy’s classic horror film of the same name. This chilling story introduces readers to Rhoda, a fastidious little girl with a flair for murder, who proves that evil can exist in all kinds of packages. Kristin tells us she really enjoyed the book, which fit into her holiday reading theme of “serial killer or mass murderer children.” (We hope you were able to get some sleep over vacation, Kristin!)
Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase
Michelle R. describes “Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase” as “a wonderful novel that begins with a letter found in a book, which sparks a young woman’s curiosity about her grandmother’s past.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves Michelle.
Anna W. was already thinking about her 2016 Year of Hustle when she picked up Sophia Amoruso’s book “#GIRLBOSS.” Anna calls the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal’s look back at her path to success “a testament to turning one’s life around according to his or her own convictions and no one else’s. This is definitely an inspiring read for women, men, and entrepreneurs alike.”
The Truth About Him
Kiera G. is reading “The Truth About Him,” the second book in M. O’Keefe’s sexy series about star-crossed couple Dylan and Annie. Kiera couldn’t put it down because “the characters and their histories are all just so beautifully flawed—there is not a single ‘perfect’ aspect to any of them, which makes the story itself complex and human. Even though it’s classified as a romance, it is definitely not your normal, sappy romance-type novel. The heroine is not helpless, and the guy is not arrogant and misogynistic. This is absolutely the type of romance I love.”
And the Mountains Echoed
Aditi C. picked up Khaled Hosseini’s emotionally affecting novel “And The Mountains Echoed,” and become fascinated by the author’s portrayal of familial love and responsibility, loyalty and independence that takes place over the course of three generations. Aditi called the read “a perfect way to end the year.”
Claire of the Sea Light
Samantha R.M. enjoyed reading “Claire of the Sea Light” by Edwidge Danticat over her vacation. Set in the Haitian village of Ville Rose, Danticat’s propulsive fiction introduces readers to Claire, a young motherless girl, who, on the dawn of her seventh birthday, vanishes before her father can send her away to be raised by a wealthy businessman. Samantha says of the “thought-provoking” book: “It entwines the stories of certain individuals in a Haitian community with unraveling secrets and issues of sexual abuse, gangs and injustices. I really enjoyed it.”
Why Not Me?
Danielle F. thinks “Why Not Me?” author and actress Mindy Kaling is “so funny and fashionable.” Um, we agree. Her signature humor and style come across in spades as she recounts the highlights and hiccups she experiences in Hollywood in this hysterical memoir.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Nancy R. calls “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” a “very interesting and enlightening portrait of a strong woman.” Jeanne Theoharis’ impeccably researched biography portrays Parks as the opposite of the meek seamstress she is sometimes depicted as in popular culture. Theoharis sheds light on Parks’ steely strength and quiet subversion, illuminating that the revolution she sparked was no accident. This important contribution to Civil Rights scholarship went on to win the 2014 NCAAP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Biography.
WOW RIFers! You were busy over vacation, huh?
Over on Facebook, we asked you to share with us the best book you read over holiday break and we were overwhelmed by the answers we received!
We love when you tell us what you’ve been reading, and instead of painstakingly writing each title you mentioned down on our already-miles-long TBR list, we decided to curate a few bookshelves based off your vacation reads—you DO have impeccable taste after all.
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