It's been awhile since I've done a book review, so there is a lot of catch up on. For some reason there are a bunch of autobiographies/biographies in this group. The good news? There are some really good ones:
One Second After was recommend to me by my dad. The story starts just before the US is attacked by an electronic pulse bomb which causes the whole region to permanently lose electric power. (A real thing). The essence of the book how society reacts to such a dramatic and devastating event. It follows a small town, a day at a time, detailing how society falls apart and what people do in response to the situation. It's a bit frightening and led to some pretty serious conversations with my family about how prepared we really are for a catastrophic event (answer: not very). It makes you think and I liked it so much I'm hosting it for book club in August.
Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch and a Wardrobe by Jen Lancaster is a super funny autobiography of Jen's childhood and college years. She grew up in the same era as I did and her witty references to the things of my childhood had me laughing. Her retell of selling Girl Scout cookies was seriously hysterical. I had read Bitter is the New Black, and although she is indisputably hilarious, Lancaster was also a tad crude for my tastes. The good news with this book is that because she spends so much time talking about her childhood, the books stays sassy without becoming too harsh. (available in kindle at my library)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a juvenile fiction about an African-American family in Detroit who decide to visit Birmingham. The bulk of the book just follows the family with their normal situations and problems, but the end - when they get to Alabama in the height of the Civil Rights Movement, it really gets good. There is a compelling climax at the end of the book, but I'm not sure it's worth reading the rest of the book to get there. I liked it, but didn't love it. (Kindle at the library)
My favorites in this groups: Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter, One Second After and Pretty in Plaid. Good stuff. I'm almost done with Eleanor and Parks (Thanks for the recommendation Traci - so far I love it!)