Posted by Salma Falah
This month, I am reading Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown. This book is about a young Jewish woman in 1935 and her relationship with her mother. It highlights strong women during harsh times. This book is very well written and very interesting. Even though I am only halfway through, I enjoy her detailed writing style. I recommend it to people who enjoy strong female leads.
I am also reading Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon. This book portrays strong women in the early twentieth century. I am only in beginning, but so far it is extremely well written.
This month, I am reading Imagine That by Mark Fins. This is a memoir that takes place in Bayside, Queens in 1957. Since I grew up in Bayside in that time period, this book especially resonated with me. I enjoyed the main characters fertile imagination. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light read.
I am also reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This book follows the lives of three different women in 1939. The writing is clear and concise, and it is an interesting read. I recommend it to people who like the time period of WWII.
This July I fell in love with Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear, a sylphic novel on the power and powerlessness of parents, children, writers, and their translators, set in contemporary Brazil. I read it one summery gulp.
The Big Lie is a YA look at the world if the Nazi’s had won World War II, the focus of the book is on Jessika, who is an exemplary daughter of a high Nazi official. But she struggles with her limited world view when her best friend forces her to confront the world and the lies she has been told, as well as her confusion over her sexuality. The book is fast-paced, compelling, and forces the reader to confront the idea that the world they have always been taken as a given a lie.