It’s been a while since I did a wrap up of any kind so here’s a little look at some recent 5 Star reads for me.
There There by Tommy Orange
There There follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. The characters struggle with a wide array of challenges, ranging from depression and alcoholism, to unemployment, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the challenges of living with an “ambiguously nonwhite” ethnic identity in the United States. The range of emotions I felt throughout this was crazy. Go forth and read this please.
TW: for gun violence, addiction, panic attacks, fatphobia, child abuse, physical abuse, domestic abuse, alcoholism, body horror, mass shooting, genocide, animal death, cancer, eating disorder, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, rape, sexual assault, miscarriage.
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
Greenlights is Matthew McConaughey’s memoir. It follows his life from a child through adulthood. I don’t know if it’s the fact that he is the narrator of the audio book or what but it was such a fast read and honestly his life is exactly what I would have expected.
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun
My Beijing is 4 stories that follow Yu’er and her adventures in her small town with her grandfather. They are all such cute stories and each one has a little bit of magic and wonder that is just the sweetest.
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Thornhill is told in two perspectives in two different timelines in two different forms. The story of the past is told in diary entries and the present is in graphics. Mary in the past is a girl who lives in Thornhill a girls home and is bullied to the point where she takes drastic measures. Ella in the present is living in the house next to a rundown Thornhill and trying to solve the mystery of the girl she keeps seeing at the orphanage.
TW: suicide, bullying, abuse, child neglect, child death
Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau
Bloom follows Ari, recent high school grad who wants to skip college or working at the family business and move away with his band and live the rock scene life. The family bakery is struggling but Ari just wants to be his own person. In comes Hector and completely shakes that up. I loved the art, the characters (except for one shitty friend of Ari’s) and the story. Cute warm and fuzzy graphic novels are my jam.