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February/March 2018 reading - books 6 through 10

6. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy – an overweight teenager in South Texas enters her town’s beauty pageant – sweet story with themes of body positivity and acceptance as well as friendship and family – captures the contemporary small town experience – very relatable main character
7. The Address by Fiona Davis – dual timelines from 1885 and 1985 in the Dakota building in New York City – intriguing structure that mostly works to move the story along – earlier timeline is the more compelling of the two – interesting comparison of “rich people problems” in both eras
8. Room of Marvels by James Bryan Smith – a man heavily burdened with grief takes a journey to a very special place and finds healing – book club selection – somewhat sappy and awkwardly written but contains some compelling ideas about spiritual life and moving on after loss
9. The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier – a celebrity memoir and Oprah Book Club selection for the Read Harder Challenge – he talks about his life from childhood in the Bahamas through early career missteps and later successes to his hopes for the remainder of his life – very accessible and conversational – I’ve consequently added several of his movies to my watchlist
10. The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum – macabre and disturbing but fascinating look at the New York City Medical Examiner’s office – each chapter focuses on a particular poison: its uses, sources, symptoms, and detection methods – including both blatant and insidious forms of alcohol poisoning resulting from Prohibition – also discusses the bureaucratic and political battles both to establish the ME office and to keep it staffed and funded – mystery book club selection with several true crime case studies
Tags: entertainment, historical fiction, memoir, mystery, non-fiction, religion, young adult
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