Hello to the first Monday in the new year! Did you all survive the holidays relatively intact? Or, with intact relatives? Congrats on either one. I had a nice mix of family and reading time and am ready for a new decade of reading. Here’s what’s up for this week.
The Gimmicks is far from my normal choice of book. I don’t like the cover or the title, but for as loud and garish as both are, the story is quiet. It’s about two Armenian cousins who consider each other a brother. One is freakishly big and tall while the other is small, smart, and a competitive backgammon player. The story is split between the 1970s when they are still teens living in Armenia and 1980s California, where a former pro wrestling manager is trying to find an old client—an Armenian giant. Mixed into this is a fiancé left back home and a terrorist group killing Turkish diplomats to avenge the Armenian genocide. Sounds like a lot, but so far it’s not.
Gloria Steinem is an icon in the feminist movement and a beautiful example of someone who has lived their life with purpose, held fast to their beliefs, and made a difference in this country. This is a small book filled with her thoughts and numerous quotes from other women about life, love, work and meaning. Every page I read reminds of what an extraordinary woman she is.
Topics of Conversation is a novel about women talking. Kind of like the title suggests. It’s a debut novel and I’m intrigued because it sounds as if it’s going to get real on the topics women only talk about with other women. Which could be dicey if the writing’s not good. I love the cover, because sometimes the best conversations do happen in the oddest places.
Two book bloggers I trust, Sarah and Susie, have already read We Wish You Luck and really liked it. I’m hopeful it will be one of those page-turners I need after more serious reading. It’s got the variables that usually work for me: debut, written by a woman, college, friends, power dynamics gone bad and suspense.
That’s my reading week—what lies ahead for you? Any great new reading?
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