Deep South, by Paul Theroux, is the author's tenth travel book, and while he's crossed the globe any number of times, this volume focuses on the southern US. "He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation’s worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It’s these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux’s keen traveler’s eye."
Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal, is about something food-related, and it has a gorgeous cover. I'm just that shallow.
Mr. Splitfoot, by Samantha Hunt, sounds creeeeepy! "In an ingeniously structured dual narrative, two separate timelines move toward the same point of crisis. Their merging will upend and reinvent the whole. A subversive ghost story that is carefully plotted and elegantly constructed."
Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta, sounds moving and amazing. "Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie."
Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller, is a book that grabbed my attention after several positive reviews from trusted bloggers. "Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her there."
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is the only book here that I've already started, and I can assure you it won't take me long to read it. I'm completely immersed. "In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men."
Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Elmo Bondoc. How could I skip this one when I loved the first two so much? "Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of — by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster!"
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Feminity, by Julia Serano, was one of many gender reading recommendations from Cass. You can find the full list here. "A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole."
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, by Johanna Basford. The best coloring book ever.