Show Us Your Books: September 2019

Hello, book lovers! Hope you are having a great month. Mine has been pretty good, and all my reads this month have been solid. Well, mostly.

Calypso by David Sedaris

Basics: Short Stories about Sedaris, his family, and/or middle age, all with his classic dry wit and unusual thoughts
Thoughts: If you like Sedaris, read it. Never fails to make me laugh and appreciate his viewpoint.
Rating: A

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Basics: Family saga told from multiple points of view (aka exactly what I love reading). A couple is jailed and awaiting sentencing, and the entire family (children, siblings, etc) feel the repercussions.
Thoughts: Highly enjoyed it, no surprise. I especially appreciated that we got to see the correspondence from both incarcerated individuals and how that relationship was adapting. My only complaint is I wish the crime was sort of get the general gist but I'd like to know the details. There was also discussion of bulimia, which was interesting to read. Never seen it portrayed in the first person so clearly. Also it touches on found/pieced together and imperfect families, which I always like.
Rating: A

Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Basics: Copied from Goodreads- "Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years."
Thoughts: Um. This feels like the kind of book where someone had some cool stories so people kept telling them to write a book, so they wrote one even though they're not a writer. Part of it was easy to identify with, part of it was super gross (I never want to eat catered food again), and the part about her marriage was super fucking annoying because...why?! It made literally no sense.
Rating: B-...or C+, I kind of dislike it more as time passes and I think about it

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Basics: from Goodreads- "A debut novel of family, fame, & religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, & the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart."
Thoughts: I was really pulled into this book and felt for the characters. I appreciated the way it showed how what we see on TV is rarely the truth, or even part of it...I gave up watching "reality" shows years ago for this reason. And as a Christian, the growing megachurch/televised aspect of Christian culture is something I think of and worry about a lot. My one gripe...I wish there had been literally one good Christian character. Not all, but at least one; it was disappointing to see everyone portrayed as a hypocrite or trapped faker. For a book that was so multifaceted otherwise, it felt intentional.
Rating: A-

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  1. I felt the same way about the Book of Essie, I would have liked to see a genuine Christian character in there somewhere!

  2. I thought The care and feeding was good, not great but solidly good.

    The book of Essie sounds really interesting

  3. i really really enjoyed The Book of Essie, way more than i thought i would. i didn't actually know what The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was about, but it sounds so interesting and that cover is gorgeous!

  4. I liked Essie a lot. I didn't consider the lack of a good Christian character while reading. Interesting.

  5. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is such a fabulous title. I should simply read it for that fact alone, but thankfully it also sounds like a really good book too. :D Book of Essie is also on my TBR. It is interesting that there were no good Christian characters. I also worry about the rise of the mega-Church's too.

  6. I really liked Essie and agree with your statement about having a true believer in the mix. Thanks for the recommendations. Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

  7. The Book of Essie sounds interesting :)

  8. ooooo you read a lot of interesting books this month! I am especially interested in The Book of Essie and The Care and Feeding of Ravenously hungry girls!

  9. I enjoyed both Care and Feeding and The Book of Essie.

  10. I have yet to read any David Sedaris - need to remedy that sometime!! Where to begin?!

  11. I read the Sedaris book with Owls in the title last year. It was fine and definitely made me LOL.