I already made a big fuss about the eight books of fall I was ready to read, but now I’m back with four new books I’m reading this October. I haven’t heard much about any of them in the bookish world, but each has piqued my interest for a different reason, so we’ll see.
(For a more detailed synopsis of each, click on title link to go to Goodreads)
I’ve always been interested in author George Eliot, especially after I learned that he was a she using a pseudonym to get published in the repressive 1800s. In Love with George Eliot is a dual timeline novel about the dichotomy between the real Marian Evans’ scandalous personal life and her more moralistic writing and how two modern day women try and interpret her work.
I didn’t just stumble upon this memoir, but heard about it from my friend Sarah. I know the chef David Chang from his appearance on any number of food shows. He’s loud, brash, funny, and has a distinctive take on food. I’m hoping Eat a Peach will extend my run of outstanding nonfiction.
The premise of Boop and Eve’s Road Trip intrigued me, even if the novel’s title left me a little cold. Eve is taking a break from college to find a missing friend when her grandmother, Boop, decides to join her. Something about Southern women, inter-generational family relationships, and the potential for humor sounds like the type of light novel I often enjoy after heavier books, like Homeland Elegies.
To round out my unusual October reading I’ve got Bright and Dangerous Objects, a novel about a deep-sea diver who wants to help colonize Mars. When she finds out she’s being considered she’s faced with the reality of leaving life on Earth behind—something that sometimes sounds good in theory, but in reality?
All of this fiction came out this week (the Chang memoir came out last month) and none is particularly long. Good news because up next after these novels will be Ken’s Follett’s 900 page The Evening and the Morning. Gulp. You may not hear from me for the rest of the month!
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