The Week in Books #51

5/12 ✅

Booooks. This week I just finished two but they were both incredible so it’s all good.

1. Home Body by Rupi Kaur. This wasn’t on the stack but I had preordered it a while ago and it just arrived in the mail. I couldn’t wait to read it so I just dove in. As was the case with her other two collections, this was a beautiful and very powerful arrangement of poems.

Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself – reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. Illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.

rupikaur.com

2. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This book was unbelievably beautiful but also so, so devastating. It tells the story of a group of friends in 1980’s Chicago as the AIDS crisis hit, and alternates chapters with a narrative from 2015 where one of those friends is grown and trying to find her daughter after she disappeared into a cult. I loved every page. I’m not crying, you’re crying!

Very gay and very set in the 80’s

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

Penguin Randomhouse.
Knocked a few more off this shelf from ages ago 20/34 ✅

No book hauls this week, I’ve got plenty waiting in the queue, but I may not be able to resist the fiction books at the Rotary Fundraiser (it’s on until December 16th). We will see if I venture out! I’ve started Hilary Mantle’s Beyond Black, putting me at the halfway mark of this stack already.

Happy reading!

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