Archive for July, 2019

CALL YOUR DAUGHTER HOME–Deb Spera

July 30th, 2019

A stunning tour de force following three fierce, unforgettable Southern women.                                          

It’s 1924 South Carolina & the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land & the economy.

Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coleses, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family.                                                                                                                                                                                  Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family & must come to terms with the terrible truth that has ripped her family apart.

These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties these women together.  Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta & Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an audacious, timeless story about the power of family, deep-buried secrets, & the ferocity of motherhood.

GPL:F Spera

 

 

 

 

 

MRS. EVERYTHING: a novel by Jennifer Weiner

July 18th, 2019

Jo & Bethie Kaufman were born into a world of promise.  Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined.  Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers & dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined.  Jo & Bethie survive traumas & tragedies.  As their lives unfold against the background of free love & Viet Nam, Woodstock & woman’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counter-culture & is up for anything (except for settling down).  Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant.  Neither  woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life she feels authentic or brings her joy.  Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

GPL:  F Weiner

SURVIVAL MATH: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson

July 6th, 2019

An electrifying, dazzling written reckoning & essential addition to the national conversation about race & class, Survival Math takes its name from the calculations award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson made to survive the Portland , Oregon of his youth.  This dynamic book explores gangs & guns, near-death experiences, sex work, masculinity, composite fathers, the concept of “hustle”, & the destructive power of addiction—all framed within the story of Jackson, his family, & his community.

Lauded for its breathtaking pace, its tender portrayals, its stark candor, & its luminous style, Survival Math reveals on every page the searching intellect & originality of its author.  The sum of Survival Math‘s parts is a highly original whole, one that reflects on the exigencies—over generations—that have shaped the lives of so many disenfranchised Americans.

GPL: 92 Jackson