Every year I struggle to find “the” perfect beach book. For me, this is a very important emotional decision. I find that during the height of summer heat my attention wanes and I only want to swim and not read. As such, the beach book becomes the fun read of the year, a time when I can be playful more than serious. I do not want the book to be too fluffy nor too deep. It needs to hit the perfect storm for me; a blend of compulsive readability, can’t-unsee-situations, and provocative characterization.
Sophie is a young woman from the village of Market Chipping. After the death of her father, her step-mother asks her and her two sisters, Lettie and Martha, to acquire apprenticeships to help with the home finances. Lettie works in a local pastry shop while Martha is passed along to her mother’s friend, Mrs. Fairfax, to be her assistant. Sophie remains in the family’s hat shop, making the wares and helping the customers. One day, she is approached by an elderly witch who enchants her out of a jealous spite.
As we confront news stories that shock and dishearten us, I am often at a loss for any appropriate words. I am choosing to use this space and my voice to list just a few amazing black authors that I hope you will consider reading. Spread peace, spread literature, spread understanding.
1. Helen Oyeyemi
We are already coming up on the 4th of July! Time to celebrate some independence! I think one of the best ways to appreciate this holiday is to take time to know more about our history and to read work that challenges us to grow and mature as citizens. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
1. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen