I have been totally slacking in my resolution to record the stuff I’ve read this year so here’s what I remember since the last time.
Silent Partner by Stephen Fry – This is a legal fiction book. Ok to read but obviously forgettable since I can’t remember much about it.
Caucasia by Danzy Senna – This one was good. It is about two half black, half white sisters. One looks black and one looks white. It starts out examining the biases people have against them based on their apparent race. Then the parents separate and the white mother takes the white-looking girl and moves into a white community. She tries to make her forget about her black ancestry.
Mosaic by Soheir Khashoggi- This is about a Arab man who is upset over his oldest son’s homosexuality so he takes his youngest two children from their American mother and hides them in the Middle East to get them away from bad influences. The interesting thing about this book is that it manages to make the father somewhat sympathetic instead of a stereotypical villian.
Leap of Faith by Queen Noor – I highly recommend this one!! This is the autobiography of Queen Noor of Jordan. She was born in the U.S. and married King Hussein of Jordan in the 1970s. This book discussed recent Middle East history from an Arab perspective. That was interesting to me because in the U.S. you never hear that. Everything is from an Israeli perspective. I learned a lot.
Snowed In> by Christina Bartolomeo – Typical chick-lit but from me that’s high praise.
The Secret Hour by Luanne Rice – This is a mystery about a kidnapping. The main characters are interesting but the kidnapping really isn’t. The resolution of that seems contrived – almost like she had to make up an ending because she started that part of the story, not because she was really interested.