“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” • So many laye…

“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” ❤️ • So many layers to this book. The premise is Polly, an undocumented Chinese worker, goes to work at the nail salon one day and does not return. She has an eleven year old son, Deming, and this book explores what happens … Read more

“He came over that night for a coffee.” • This is a quiet, heavy and heartbrea…

“He came over that night for a coffee.” ❤️ • This is a quiet, heavy and heartbreaking multigenerational story of a Métis family. At the center of the story is a crime that impacts the members of this First Nations family of mostly women. It’s told through multiple perspectives and from those stories we get … Read more

“I got used to spending the weekends at Vivek’s house, to the Saturday breakfast…

“I got used to spending the weekends at Vivek’s house, to the Saturday breakfasts when De China would detach the cartoon section of his newspaper for Vivek and me, when Aunty Kavita made yam and eggs as if she’d been doing it her whole life.” ❤️ • This was one of those books that almost … Read more

“Rohila’s hazel eyes gave me a look even as she turned to heat up a bowl of pota…

“Rohila’s hazel eyes gave me a look even as she turned to heat up a bowl of potato stew for our father.” 🧡 • I enjoyed this book about 2 women in Afghanistan, living lives about about 70 years apart. You can definitely see the similarities in their lives, particularly when Rahima is allowed to … Read more

“Homer go back her table in the kitchen and count off banana for supper.” • Wo…

“Homer go back her table in the kitchen and count off banana for supper.” 💛 • Wow, this was my first Marlon James read and it blew me away. It is set on a slave plantation in Jamaica in the 18th century. The writing, the characters, the language – all so rich and amazing. Great … Read more

“‘Gabe grows everything at the homestead. He even makes the applesauce.” • A s…

“‘Gabe grows everything at the homestead. He even makes the applesauce.” 💙 • A surprising and unique story that brings 3 unlikely characters together through nature, healing and love. Ursa is a little girl who shows up one day at Jo’s house, claiming she is an alien who has taken the body of an earthly … Read more

“We would have a cup of cocoa together.” • Normally I would have gone to an Et…

“We would have a cup of cocoa together.” 🧡 • Normally I would have gone to an Ethiopian restaurant to take this book photo with delicious doro wot and injera as described in this book but these are not normal times and I have to be okay with that! This was a beautiful and epic … Read more

“What I longed for was a single square of chocolate.” • What a harrowing and u…

“What I longed for was a single square of chocolate.” 🖤 • What a harrowing and unimaginably difficult experience! I found a huge disconnect between the beginning of the book and the part of the actual kidnapping- I found it a bit hard to be sympathetic initially but what Lindhout endured is beyond our imagination … Read more

I’m a huge John Irving fan and my son plays baseball so I thought this would be …

I’m a huge John Irving fan and my son plays baseball so I thought this would be a home run for me (pun intended). Well, in typical Irving fashion, it is an epic read and Owen Meany is one of the most unique and memorable characters I’ve encountered. There are layers upon layers in the … Read more

“He had bought a large red tomato, pulled out a pocketknife, and cut it, keeping…

“He had bought a large red tomato, pulled out a pocketknife, and cut it, keeping half and offering the rest to Hassan.” ❤️ • This is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family during “one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetimes” (from Goodreads description). It’s a story of family, history, belonging, love and … Read more