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Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward

Rating: It's great. I definitely recommend it!

Comments: Highly recommend this book! It flutters between eras of a southern, black family and is hauntingly beautiful.

- Hillary Savage

Dec 2020

Frenchman's Creek

by Daphne Du Maurier

Rating: It's great. I definitely recommend it!

Comments: Frenchman’s Creek is not Daphne Du Maurier’s most famous novel, so finding it is like stumbling onto an excellent restaurant right around the corner from the one with the line out front. On the surface, it is an old-fashioned, swashbuckling adventure, with pirates, swords, and the sea. On another level, it is a meditation on the permanency of romantic love. And on yet another, it is empowering feminist story about cross-dressing. The plot is nothing out of the ordinary: a bored, spoiled aristocrat, married to a man she doesn’t love, leaves him in London and escapes with her children to her seaside house in Cornwall. There she encounters an infamous French pirate and falls in love. She throws off her corset and dons men’s clothing to be his equal. The French pirate loves Dona the most when she has lost everything that her culture uses to define her as a woman. Besides exploring gender roles, Du Maurier questions female power: where does it lie? Dona experiments with her influence as a man, as a mother, and as an object. . On whatever level you choose, Frenchman’s Creek is enjoyable. Du Maurier laces her suspense and romance with humor and avoids melodrama. In addition, she beautifully describes the luxurious summer days of Cornwall. If you’d like, her braver explorations into larger questions are there for the plucking.

- Margaret Wilson

Dec 2020

The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rating: It's great. I definitely recommend it!

Comments: Both a well-researched account of slavery and the underground railroad experience, and a complex story infused with magical realism. A worthy first foray into fiction by one of our best non-fiction writers on race and social justice.

- Tina Casteris

Dec 2020

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