On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals. Here’s what’s on the list for December:
NOTE: I’m all caught up on previous months’ books!
#1 Fat Fiction: Puddin’ by Julie Murphy. I’ll be listening to this one as I travel over the holidays with my husband and then finish it on a blue tooth speaker at home.
Brief Description: “It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant. Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush.”
side note: Dumplin’ is coming to Neflix December 7th! Dolly Parton was a big part of the project!
#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: White Teeth by Zadie Smith has been on the list since August 2012. It’s lengthy, so I’m wondering if I’ll finish before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.
Brief Description: “Set in post-World War II London. Dealing — among many other things — with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.”
#3 Newest Book Shelved: Let them Eat Cake by Ginger Lukas is a chapbook I purchased June of 2018. A tiny book, yes, but a good counterbalance to White Teeth.
Brief Description: “In this essay, Ginger Lukas chronicles her time working as a cake decorator at the bakery counter of a chain grocery store after realizing the ceramics career she was on track for just wasn’t working out. Lukas explores the precariousness of retail labor and how workers find ways to maintain their humanity and creativity in a dehumanizing environment.”
#4 Random Pick: Return to Laughter by Laura Bohannan (pen name Elenore Smith Bowen at the time)
Brief Description: There’s not much in the way of a synopsis, but I do know the book is a by an anthropologist who took a fictional approach to her actual work. Here is what Rita from Goodreads wrote as a summary: “Written by anthropologist Laura Bohannon in 1954, based on living with the Tiv group of Nigeria in 1949-1953. Absolutely fascinating account of her struggles to learn and understand local culture and beliefs, and the conflicts with her own beliefs and morals.”