Here are my reads for the month of May. Some heartfelt selections, with detailed reviews to follow for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, The One, and The Library, so watch for those soon! Don’t miss my very first review on the Peachy Books blog: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
Landslide by Susan Conley
Landslide, is a slow-dripping tale of a life that has been percolating for decades. Conley shares with us a wife and mother’s journey to self and acceptance, amongst the males in her life: her fisherman husband, and the two ‘wolves’ they have for sons. The sparse writing style seemed poetic at times and lackluster at others.
I didn’t agree with the hype over this one, so I’m going to skip the detailed review, as it didn’t grab me enough to write one. But, interestingly, it was named after my favourite song – you know the one, by Stevie Nicks – so that curried some favour.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
An exquisite piece of fiction that marries the real, historical Pack Horse Librarian Project, and the genetic anomaly that fated the ‘blue people’ of the Kentucky Hills.
The content, although disturbing at times, never felt gratuitous, and was a necessary part of understanding the bigotry and misogyny of the times. Watch for a detailed review of this emotional novel in the coming weeks.
Full review for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek here.
Audio Read-a-Loud of the full review here.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
My favourite book this month was definitely this inspirational novel that sees our protagonist (anti-hero to some), Eleanor, suffering from a history of trauma and loneliness, only to find her true-self when a new friend opens up a world of possibilities.
If you have already read this very popular book, please visit my review (with some spoilers), where I dive into Eleanor’s struggle, and how I connected with her plight.
Find my Read-a-Loud for the full review here.
Can You Hear Me Now? by Celina Caesar-Chavannes
This biography outlines the life of a Canadian entrepreneur and one-time Liberal MP for the Town of Whitby, in Ontario, Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
A forthright accounting of her days working for the current Liberal Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, where she pulls no punches in laying out the unsavoury moments during her role as a ‘token’ black female member-of-parliament, for the ‘feminist’ PM. Unflinching, brave, and admirable, Celina is not afraid to share her vulnerability and speak her truth.
The One by John Marrs
A creative and thrilling novel, told from 6 different viewpoints, The One offers us a world where DNA match-making is the way to meet your soulmate. This quick read explores the unintended consequences of such technologies, and how they affect the matched couples.
Watch for a detailed review on Peachy Books during the coming weeks!
Listen to the audio review here.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Library Book is at once a nostalgic homage to libraries, whilst focusing on the details of the devastating 1986 fire that destroyed over a million books and burned down part of the Los Angeles Public Library in downtown LA.
This was another of the titles that I found to be overrated, but I still decided to write a review for it, so watch for it next month!
Full review for The Library Book here.
Full audio review for The Library Book here.