The mystique of foreign places draws Krijn, and he enjoys reading stories that take you to different settings, near and far. If you can’t travel always and everywhere, at least you can always read, about anywhere.
A young man who treasures MLK's words has big plans, but lives in the Jim Crow south. Elwood, and Turner, and many other boys, end up in a hellish reform school, where they intend to survive. Based on a true story, The Nickel Boys is heartbraking. The writing is phenomenal - plain but powerful. It stays with you for a long time.
Lydia runs a bookstore and has a son, Luca, and journalist husband who writes about the drug cartels. He and the rest of their family are murdered, and Lydia and Luca flee from the cartel’s Jefe and downfallen Acapulco and join the migrants who sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope in El Norte, traveling on La Bestia. This is great writing, full of misery and drama, but also humanity. A fantastic book for our times.
Great story about old and renewed friendships, and observations about life and growing up. Cycling is a central theme, including two climbs up Mont Ventoux ,famous from the Tour de France, in their youth and later as they get together again. A feel-good, pleasant summer read.
Fascinating story about Major Taylor, the first black person to become a world champion in sports. Biking was then the most popular sport in America. The extraordinary Taylor was a heroic athlete who broke racial barriers, battling Jim Crow laws and attitudes, even those of his colleagues. Inspiring and riveting.
Beautiful, epic tale of World War II and race relations, following 3 characters. The war in the Pacific, Japanese prison camp, black tank battalion in Europe, and work at a shipyard in Mobile Alabama, are part of the story lines, set against a backdrop of race relations. This is a wonderful historical novel.
Extremely powerful saga! "Fox" grew up in an environment that led to petty crime, just to survive. While locked up he's convicted of murder, but is innocent, and spends 40 years in solitary confinement. This is a story about institutionalized racism and inhumane conditions, but also about hope, and his unbreakable spirit and remaining sane, about friendship and inspiring and helping others. A superb memoir!
I just loved this - couldn't put it down. Epic, gorgeous tale of two brothers dealing with family tragedy, justice, revenge, aborigines and bloodshed, and guilt. Set in the 1800's at the edge of the Australian Outback, where life and the environment are harsh, but so beautifully described. Great Read!
20-something Colin - punkrocker and zine publisher - decides to eat a 'slice of regular' at every Manhattan pizza place. He visits over 400 places, falls in love, gets sober, and gets attention all over the world. Included are some of the reviews - and they are funny. This is about his life, but leaves you craving for a great slice.
I love this book! As her father was an exiled ANC member, she grew up in various African countries, and Canada and the USA, where she studied. Always pursuing her black African roots. After the end of Apartheid she returns "home". This is a beautitul, elegantly written, and at times moving story about belonging.
Adorable story! When passing on a major street in Amsterdam, Elizabeth tells her daughter that she has cancer. Coco, in an insecure relationship, feels she need ot move back in with her mother. Well described characters include the ex-husband/father and stepmother. Poignant, but often funny. Really enjoyable to read.