On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals. Here’s what’s on the list for June:
#1 Fat Fiction: Hometown by Michele Feltman Strider
Brief Description: “Sharon’s longing for deep and authentic ties of kinship takes her farther and farther from her Alabama home town in search of a real “home.” Her journey leads her to the sweaty, boozy, sexy streets of the French Quarter and on to the golden prairies of Oklahoma where silver fighter jets pierce a perfect blue sky. Passing through the surreal, nightmarish aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she ultimately discovers a place of acceptance she never expected.”
#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons by Tara Laskowski, purchased June 28, 2013
Brief Description: The author asks, “Was there an etiquette, a set of unwritten rules, for a situation that seemed to break all the rules of a ‘decent’ society? From there, the collection grew—exploring the etiquette of obesity, dementia, infertility, arson, etc.”
#3 Newest Book Shelved: Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston — and published MAY 8TH, 2018! Zora tried to publish this book 90 years ago, but no one would take it because she had written in the formerly enslaved man’s dialect. It’s been at Howard University for 60 years, where only scholars could read it.
Brief Description: “A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, which brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade—illegally smuggled from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States.”
#4 Random Pick: Mile End by Lise Tremblay, translated by Gail Scott. Naomi @ Consumed by Ink brought this title to my attention, and so we’re both reading it.
Brief Description: “She is simply a grotesque ‘fat woman,’ getting larger every day—a clown, a monster, in her own words, with no self, no identity save her enormous mound of flesh, its blubber, its perceived deformity. . . .Yet within this spreading body crouches the still point of a sharply observant intelligence, a vision unclouded by fantasy or illusions, least of all about herself.”
I have to say, so far I am happier with this challenge than any other I’ve devised. I’m not caught between backlog and newer, sexier novels. I built in a “mood reader” choice, and I’m still sticking to my fat reading goals. I’m only a couple of books behind, which happened during the busiest part of the school year. Keep an eye out for these books in the future: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna by Kellie Wells.