Rave Reviewed

This month I was flying solo as we returned to Rave Reviews after a break for the summer. We had lots to catch up on as everyone had a busy summer full of excellent books. I was excited to share my selections and receive excellent recommendations from library customers in attendance.

My choices for this month were pretty varied and included a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles. I featured a mix of serious and light content: we had everything from page turning mystery to a nuanced collection of stories of sexual assault. I think there’s something for everyone in this list and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay

Since devouring Bad Feminist I’ve known that I would read anything that Gay writes. I loved An Untamed State and I devoured Hunger (twice!). Admittedly, this is the story of many people’s sexual assaults. But, somehow, the work as a whole managed to leave me feeling hopeful and profoundly moved.

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

An unusual mystery that explores motivation rather than intent. The narrator is unreliable in a way that feels new and fresh. The pacing is excellent and, if I seem like I’m being unusually vague, it’s because I can’t quite tell what might qualify as a spoiler.

Mrs: A Novel by Caitlin Macy

This book is excellently plotted and was a real page turner. I did find I had whiplash from all of the shifts between characters but that bothers me more than it bothers most readers. It’s a page turner, sharply observed, and compelling reading overall.

Calypso by David Sedaris

I’ve already read this one twice. I love Sedaris and his humour rewards re-reading. Sedaris has a gift for tackling the mundane and the complex with equal aplomb. Personally, I am a fan of listening to Sedaris read his own works and I enjoyed this both as an audiobook and in paper.

Today will Be Different By Maria Semple

More #relatable for me than Semple’s previous novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette as I too strive to only wear yoga pants on days I actually do yoga and I suspect I’m far from the only one. Semple takes characters with flaws that are easy to understand and then takes them to a level that’s well beyond the pale.

So, thanks for reading about some of my latest literary loves! Please join me next time for Rave Reviews and enjoy lively conversation and light refreshment. All are welcome and registration is not required.  Rave Reviews meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 3rd at 2:30pm in the Teen Zone area of the Central Library (850 Ouellette Ave). If you have any questions please contact Kate at 519-255-6770 x. 4434 or email kreynolds@windsorpubliclibrary.com

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Miss Kate is a Public Service Librarian and has been with the Windsor Public Library since 2010. She's passionate about music, children's programming, book clubs, literacy, reference services, blogging, and libraries in general!

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