On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals. Once again, I had to switch out a book! While I skimmed through That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx to make sure it wasn’t an experimental mess, I found it so boring that I threw it in the donation box on page five. *fingers crossed there are no August substitutions*
Here’s what’s on the list for August:
#1 Fat Fiction: August’s book is actually a memoir, This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
Brief Description: With full-throttle honesty, Sidibe paints her Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway. Sidibe tells the engrossing, inspiring story of her first job as a phone sex “talker.” And she shares her unconventional (of course!) rise to fame as a movie star. . .
#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: She Drove Without Stopping by Jaimy Gordon, purchased February, 2013 when Gordon did a reading at the University of Notre Dame.
Brief Description: As she refuses to turn back from a terrain we all know is dangerous to women, Jane Turner’s wit wrestles with the violence she encounters on a risky odyssey. Jaimy Gordon has created a character so fresh, so self-consumed and self-righteous, that she reveals secrets of a special and particularly American type of woman.
#3 Newest Book Shelved: Ugly Town: The Movie: A Novel by Debra DiBlasi
Brief Description:Horror meets the American Dream in this politically timely, scathing, take-no-prisoners novel about Hollywood, suburban sprawl, racism, gun culture, automobile fetishism, love & hate, and what just may prove to be the American Nightmare. Award-winning author and screenwriter Debra Di Blasi returns to the scene of society’s crimes with comical, outrageous, angry, and horror-filled excoriations.
#4 Random Pick: Crackpot by Adele Wiseman
Brief Description: Hoda is a prostitute, but that is not the most important fact about her. Earthy, bawdy, vulnerable, and big-hearted, she is the daughter of an impoverished Jewish couple who emigrated from Russia to Canada to escape persecution. Growing up in a ghetto of Winnipeg, she experiences cruelty and bigotry early and fights back with humor and anger, which is something to behold as her young body takes on gargantuan proportions.