Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

July 2018 reading - books 31 to 36

31. Death Going Down by Maria Angelica Bosco – a drunk man comes home late at night finds an unknown dead woman in his apartment building’s elevator in 1950s Buenos Aires – a little convoluted for such a short book but an interesting Christie-esque story.
32. I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark – a TV producer develops a reality show about cold case murders – five years previously her husband had been stabbed to in front of their son and the murderer told the boy his mother was next – things come to a head during the filming of the first episode – a somewhat fluffy read considering the topic but an entertaining story
33. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See – in the remote hills of southern China a young girl grows up struggling with her community’s traditions and the legacy her mother wants to give her – the life of the village is forever changed when a tea seller from the city arrives and meanwhile our protagonist has a child out of wedlock – a story of sacrifice, love, and persistence in the face of adversity - I also learned a lot about the production of tea
34. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez – an odd but sweet little story about a woman who’s mourning the suicide of a long-time friend and agrees to take care of his giant dog in her tiny apartment – lots of musings about writing, grief, friendship, and animal-human interactions
35. Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession by Elizabeth Benedict [ed.] – a collection of essays about a range of topics relating to hair: mothers and daughters fighting over hair; going gray or not; the ongoing battle against frizz; attitudes about hair and beauty in different cultures; and even a TMI chapter about hair “elsewhere”
36. The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece by Eric Siblin – the author weaves together the biographies of two musicians born centuries apart and the composition that links them, which had disappeared for decades but is now a standard fixture in the classical repertoire
Tags: animals, essays, family saga, music, mystery, non-fiction

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