This Month’s Books – August 2017

As I say during each and every one of these posts, where did the month go?! Though it may be feeling autumn-y elsewhere, Wyoming has not gotten the message. It’s hot. Like upper 80s hot. Ew.

So let’s talk about books.

First we have From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. I generally like Amy Harmon’s books; I think I’ve read 3 or 4 by now. (I L-O-V-E The Bird and the Sword.) This book has excellent reviews, which usually goes badly for me, but this one I liked.

From Sand and Ash is set in Italy during WWII. The story centers around Eva, a Jewish woman running out of places to hide, and her childhood love Angelo, now a priest. This book has tons of history crammed into it, which slows down the pace every so often. But you’ll learn a lot about the Catholic Church in Italy during the war, and about how Jewish people were treated under Italian law. (And to be honest, I knew next to nothing about that.)

It’s a good one, with a solid ending. Highly recommend.

Next is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Okay. So this one just drops right into the story and is confusing for a smidge before you figure out who’s who and what’s what. It’s set in the ’30s in Georgia and focuses on the lives of women of color, mostly Celie.

Celie tells her story through letters written to God, then later on to her sister. It’s hard to describe this book, I think you just have to read it. It’s hard to read at times, as the abuse is graphic. But Celie is such a great character and she changes so much over the course of the book. I was rooting for her, and isn’t that the best thing in a book?

Another highly recommended book.

Oh Christ. Look at that cover. I read this, rated it on Goodreads, and you would not believe the books they are recommending to me now. Lawd have mercy. Anyway, this one is Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson.

If you’ve been here for more than 5 minutes, you probably know about my fascination with the Parker clan. This book tells the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, from abduction to death. It’s billed as a romance, which it most certainly is not. The first 20 pages will send you reeling, and I don’t think that’s common in romances. This author sugarcoats nothing. I will repeat that for those in the back, nothing.

This author certainly did her research, and I wanted to read the book because it’s cited as a source in many other books. It tells the story of Cynthia, but also crams in a boatload of history concerning the Comanche tribe, the Parkers, Army troops, and pretty much everything else going in in that corner of the world at the time.

It’s a good book. If you have any interest at all in the Parkers or that part of Texas in the 1800s, then you should read it.

Alas, I only got through 3 books this month. In my defense, Ride the Wind is a whopper. I’ll be back here sometime after Labor Day weekend, so until then…

I’ll see you later.

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