Our Year in Reading: Signed First Editions Club
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In 2020, we have had a great selection of titles. Here are three that I especially loved this year:
A beautifully written story of finding family and belonging, especially among those who society would deem lesser. This is a heartfelt look at poverty and the unassailable desire to rise above and not just survive but to flourish. Five young people have, for various unknown reasons, been left to fend for themselves. Together, they have created a new home hidden away in an abandoned airplane, and they survive by sticking together and stealing everything they own. A profound and tender portrayal of the connections we forge to survive the fate we’re dealt.
This is an honest and raw memoir from former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Growing up the product of a mixed-race marriage in the South, Trethewey explores her own questions of identity and belonging. As an adult, she is also trying to understand her mother’s tragic murder by her step-father. Incredibly well-written, this is a relatable story of love, loss, and the effects of racism.
This book is unsettling in the best possible way. What starts as a normal family vacation for Amanda and Clay quickly turns into a heart-pounding mystery when they are confronted by the vacation home owners in the middle of the night. Ruth and G. H. arrive in a panic fleeing a blackout in New York City. Not able to fully process what has happened, but knowing something has fundamentally changed, the two families are forced together. Race and class are at the forefront of this page turner I’d suggest for readers of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or The River by Peter Heller.