May 2020 Reading Challenge: The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

Title:  The Mortifications Author: Derek Palacio Publisher: Tim Duggan Books Page Count: 320 Publication Date: 2016 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.22) My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) Derek Palacio’s stunning, mythic novel marks the arrival of a fresh voice and a new chapter in the history of 21st century Cuban-American literature. In 1980, … Continue reading May 2020 Reading Challenge: The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

Book Club June 2020: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Title: Beloved Author: Toni Morrison Publisher: Vintage Page Count: 324 Publication Date: 1987 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural, African-American, Classics, American History Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.85) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to … Continue reading Book Club June 2020: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

Title:  The Bastard of Istanbul Author: Elif Shafak Publisher: Viking Adult Page Count: 368 Publication Date: 2007 Category/Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction. Turkish Literature Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.83) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) From one of Turkey’s most acclaimed and outspoken writers, a novel about the tangled histories of two families. In her second novel … Continue reading Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

Book Review: Human Acts by Han Kang

Title:  Human Acts Author: Han Kang Publisher: Hogarth Press Page Count: 218 Publication Date: 2014 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.16) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) From the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian, a rare and astonishing (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice. In the midst of … Continue reading Book Review: Human Acts by Han Kang

Book Club February 2020:The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz Author: Heather Morris Publisher: Harper Page Count: 262 Publication Date: 2018 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.27) In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as … Continue reading Book Club February 2020:The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Book Club December: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Title: Little Bee Author: Chris Cleave Publisher: Simon & Schuster Page Count: 275 Publication Date: 2010 Category/Genre: Fiction, Cultural, Africa, Historical Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.71) From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent … Continue reading Book Club December: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

October BookClub: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Author: Sara Gruen Publisher:  Algonquin Books Page Count: 335 Publication Date: 2007 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.08) An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he … Continue reading October BookClub: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

September BookClub: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Author: Alice Hoffman Publisher:  Simon and Schuster Page Count: 504 Publication Date: 2001 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.04) Over five years in the writing, The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel. In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held … Continue reading September BookClub: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Title:  Circe Author: Madeline Miller Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Page Count: 393 Publication Date: 2018 Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Retellings, Mythology, Historical Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.3) My Rating: ★★★★★(4.5) In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor … Continue reading Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller