Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What I Read: June 2015

Summer shows no signs of slowing down, but I did manage to get three books read this month. What's more, all three books were good ones, so although I'd still like more down time for reading (always!), the time I did get to read was time well spent. Here are the three books of June.

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{one} All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Guys, this is such a good one. Yes, the literature market is pretty saturated with moving World War Two novels, but this one is worth your time. It tells of a blind Parisian girl and a young German boy, whose lives briefly come together during the French Occupation. This was a beautifully written, unique WWII story.

{two} The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. Hassan Haji grows up above his grandfather's restaurant in Mumbai, but he and his family are forced to leave the life they know in India when he is just a teenager. They eventually wind up in Lumiere, a small town in the French Alps, where they continue the family tradition of owning a restaurant. Madame Mallory, the chef at the neighboring restaurant, does everything in her power to run the Haji family out of town. However, when Mallory discovers Hassan's potential to be a truly great chef, she has a change of heart and takes him under her wing. If you love food and you love a good story, I definitely recommend this one.

{three} The Believers by Zoe Heller. Joel Litvinoff is a successful defense lawyer known for his radical leftist views. When he suddenly collapses from a stroke and falls into a coma, his wife Audrey, who had never been described as agreeable before, becomes increasingly acrimonious and belligerent.  Their children, rather than being brought closer together through the tragedy, only grow further apart. Karla isn’t happy in her marriage yet she goes along with her husband in the pursuit of becoming adoptive parents. Rosa has found her life’s purpose in the worst possible place (according to her parents), the Jewish Orthodox Church. Finally, their adopted son Lenny is struggling with drug addiction. One big happy family. Despite my feelings toward the characters that ranged from abhorrence to disdain, I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.

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