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May 2019 Reading List

May 2019 was a great month for reading at the Sweet Orange Cottage. I’ve enjoyed a nice mix of nonfiction, fiction, heavy, light, ebooks and audiobooks. I checked all of these books out through my local library on Overdrive. Should you wish to purchase these titles I have linked to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you from qualifying purchases. Let’s dig in!

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer *

I love Krauer for his well-researched and compelling non-fiction writing. Into Thin Air is high on my list of favorites. I listened to this book on audio and appreciated that it was well read by Mozhan Marno. I think the choice of a female voice was wise. Krakauer tells the story of rape and the U of M football team in detail, presenting shocking statistics and firsthand accounts in a very readable form. As you might imagine, there’s a lot to unpack here and the stories are hard to hear. I believe all college students should read this.  I definitely recommend.

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory *

I listened to this story of Kateryn Parr,  Henry VIII’s last wife, who survived him and although I’ve read quite a few biographies of his wives this was an enjoyable read. I learned about women’s scholarship, Church of England history and 16th century politics. Kateryn brought together Henry’s three children and spent her days listening to intellectuals of the day. Even though I knew the outcome, I still felt engaged with the story. This would be a good book for a long, summer trip in the car.

Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir by Jennifer McGaha *

When Jennifer’s husband fails to complete and pay their taxes their stable, middle-class lives are upended and their forced to move to a derelict cabin in the country of North Carolina. This is a story we’ve all heard before, but it’s well told and held my interest. The multiple snake encounters alone were enough to press home the message. So many of us are just one or two paychecks from disaster and goats are cute but not necessarily the easy way out.

I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson *

So, prior to reading this, I believe I may have  been the only person in America who hadn’t heard of Abbi Jacobson, but that didn’t stop me from delighting in this book. After a failed love affair Abbi took a three week road trip across the country to get her head straight. The book is filled with wonderful lists of concerns, regrets and best bagels along with essays on her backstory. This is a “woman making it in a man’s industry” and where do I go now story. Her “what if I meet her” scenarios had me laughing out loud. My only regret was listening to it on audiobook, because it didn’t include the illustrations.

The March by E.L. Doctorow *

I really wanted to like this book but did not finish. I thought Sherman’s march to the sea during the Civil War would be fascinating but I found the characters flat and unrelatable. Not for me.

We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan by Elizabeth M. Norman *

This book is so good! I’ve read about the Bataan death march before and watched all of the old episodes of Tenko, but this account of the trapped army and navy nurses on the Bataan peninsula was fascinating. Norman pieces together their stories from first hand interviews and diaries. It’s filled with engrossing details and a beautiful mix of heroism, humor and terror. This book makes me want to implement a start rating system just so I can give it 5 stars. So good!  

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay *

I am slowly making my way through this compilation of essays on rape, rape culture and its’ aftermath. Some of the stories are just so hard to hear but filled with strength and resilience.

June is shaping up to be another great reading month so stayed tuned!

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