Friday, May 31, 2019

Books I read in May 2019

The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy by B. M. Carroll  This book was recommended by Liane Moriarity and I have enjoyed so many of her books. This one was not as good as the Liane Moriarity books, but I did enjoy it a bit.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (library) Great fictional book based on the true story of women spies during WWI and spanning into WWII. The author has a bibliography at the end of the book of more non-fiction and fiction about this period of history and these women. Highly recommend.
The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear (library) A Maisie Dobbs book, this one takes place during the London Blitz and Maisie must solve the mysterious death of an American War Correspondent.  Very good book and I really care about these characters. Can't wait for the next one.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (library) a fascinating part of the history of Korea that I had never thought of before reading this book. These women divers were amazing and their history and stories are fascinating. Lisa See of course creates a fictional story, but it is based on real life and real history. In her acknowledgements at the end of the book are more references for stories about these women.
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8 Lee Very entertaining book about Chinese Food and the Americanization of Chinese food Highly recommend.
Hangman by Jack Heath (library) dysfunctional detective I quite enjoyed.
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (library) I read a lot of dysfunctional southern family fiction and this one is set in present day, which is refreshing (many seem to be 1950's-1970's) And I enjoyed the modern elements
The Huntress by Kate Quinn (library) Really good WWII fiction. I especially liked the parts about the "night witches"
White Nights by Ann Cleeves (library) I am reading all of Ann Cleeves Shetland books and I liked this one (the whole idea of white nights fascinates me)
In The Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom (audiobook) how multiple plane crashes affect the citizens of Elizabeth, NJ in the 1950's. Very "father knows best", "leave it to beaver" type stories in that the period details are spot on.

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