This Week’s Blog Posts:
We Killed, an oral history by Yael Kohen, discusses the way women fit into and redefined comedy in the United States, starting around the time of Phyllis Diller and ending with Chelsea Handler. An informative, interesting, and occasionally funny (though not meant to be a work of comedy itself) book.
What’s lurking over there? Why are they burning crops? Are zombies real, and where did they come from? Why are Hank’s parents dead? This full-on scary (but never gory) work of young adult horror, Dust Bath Revival by Marianne Kirby, was a great addition to my list of fiction focused on fat women for the month of June!
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Catch my review of Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. I grabbed a copy of this novella in audio book form and listened to it during my work commute. Nothing like I expected, my reading experience made me feel oddly out of step with other readers and prize committees. Review on Tuesday.
Many of you noted that you’re anticipating my review of No Visible Bruises by journalist Rachel Louise Snyder. While I thought I knew things about domestic violence, I learned more than I expected to — especially how much people don’t know about it and how little legal protection victims have. Review to come Friday.
Slow Books in Progress:
Book by a Male Author: None! I blasted through the last 200 pages of Porno by Irvine Welsh so I could move on with my summer reading bingo challenge at work. I plan to get to Charlie Savage by Roddy Doyle and Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography by Robert E. Hemenway before the end of July, though.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse: I just started reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. My husband is gleefully giddy, as this is one of his favorite books. I’m having fun reading it aloud yet am highly aware of how long sentences can make me sound huffy-puffy when I’m trying to get them all out in one breath.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: