SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #15 & 16

Book #15 was "The autobiography of my mother" by Jamaica Kincaid, which, despite the title, is not biography but rather a novel, told in the first-person by a Carribean woman named Xuela whose mother dies giving birth to her. She grows up knowing virtually nothing about her mother, and themes of mothering, birth, abortion, motherlessness and childlessness dominate the book. It's not told in scenes but rather as a flowing narrative. There's minimalist scene-setting and almost no dialogue. What carries you along is the poetry of the language and Xuela's strong personality that makes you wonder what's coming next for this eccentric and strong-willed girl. I found it challenging in some ways, but also rewarding. I'd like to read more by Kincaid.

Book #16 was "Death du Jour" by Kathy Reichs. In contrast, this was not challenging but brain candy. I liked the first in the series. Particularly, I liked the Montreal/Quebec flavor of it, though there were other things I liked as well. This book, the second in the Temperance Brenna Series, didn't thrill me as much. It felt like a re-tread and I saw certain twists coming a mile away, though I did find a few surprises at the end. I'm now ambivalent about finishing the series. If anyone has opinons about which Temperance Brennan books to read and which to skip, please comment - I'm all ears!

1. Blue Light [fiction]- Walter Mosley
2. Titus Alone [fiction]- Mervyn Peake
3. "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" [non-fiction]- Beverly Tatum
4. Never Let Me Go [fiction]- Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The Jehovah Contract [fiction]- Victor Koman
6. When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor [non-fiction/memoir]- Philip Zazove
7. The Foreign Student [fiction]- Susan Choi
8.V for Vendetta [fiction/graphic novel]- Alan Moore and David Lloyd
9. City at the End of Time [fiction]- Greg Bear (unabridged audiobook)
10. Figuring: The Joy of Numbers [non-fiction]- Shakuntala Devi
11. Towing Jehovah [fiction]- James Morrow.
12. Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just [non-fiction]- Keith R. Manning
13. The Finster Effect [fiction]- Wednesday Lee Friday
14. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America [non-fiction]- Ronald Takaki.

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