travel books

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch had so much promise. We were drawn in by the idea of strong female characters and maybe a little bit by the idea that this would be a great homage to Joan of Arc. It ends up that it wasn’t. We were both so disappointed by this book that we almost took Bill Gates’s approach and just didn’t write about it. You know the old adage “nothing good to say…”. But we felt like we wanted to create some discourse. Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo and George Saunders has seemingly been all over the place lately. For a while there it seemed I could barely go one day without hearing about it in some form or other. So we picked up a copy to see what all the fuss was about and Wow! the fuss was not disproportionate to the pleasure of reading this book. We both enjoyed it immensely.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We broke some of our weight and volume rules when deciding to purchase Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie but are so glad we did. This book was engrossing and thoughtful and had us both absolutely interested from the beginning to the end. It was well worth carrying it around for a little while.

The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks

The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks

The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks is apparently a classic. Neither of us had heard of it before, but were both intrigued by the subject matter when we came across it at a bookstore in Barcelona. The story follows the months after a young woman discovers she's pregnant and how she now must navigate through the world at a different socio and economic level than before.