The first full week of 2021 is over and it already feels like an entire year! I am horrified by Wednesday's events and pray we make it safely to January 20th.
On to the books...
FINISHED LAST WEEK//
The author calls this a work of creative nonfiction. I call it a unique, powerful blend of memoir and journalism.
The author herself is a Harvard-educated undocumented American. In addition to writing about her own life, she travels to various cities to chronicle the experiences of others. In NYC she examines the role of undocumented workers on and immediately following 9/11. She examines the lack of health care available to undocumented immigrants in Miami. Other chapters focus on Flint, Cleveland, and New Haven. She addresses issues unique to the undocumented, including some I'd never considered... eye-opening to say the least.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author. It kept me completely engaged throughout. Highly recommended.
The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington
The first book from my Shelf Subscription arrived. Both the title and author were unfamiliar, but my reading taste seems to align with Annie's and the enclosed recommendation card made it sound like my kind of book. So far, it is! I can't wait to pick it up later again later this afternoon.
Earlier in the week, I attended a Facebook Live event sponsored by Parnassus Books where the author spoke with Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink. I'm enjoying these "pandemic events" very much.
I'm (re)reading this for the January T Book Club sponsored by NYTimes Style Magazine. It is the second in a series of four discussions on classics of American literature. I started listening to the audio version read by Lorna Raver, but will make it a read/listen combination after finishing my current print book. More information on the 1/28 event can be found here.
IN THE KITCHEN//
Last week I mentioned that I was about to bake Katie Workman's Chocolate Banana Cake. Well, I did and it was delicious! This week I'm buying a few extra bananas so I can make it again.
Another night I made this White Chicken Chili from Taste of Home... it was quick, easy, and not too spicy. Most of the white chili recipes I've tried use boneless chicken breasts or thighs, but this one called for ground chicken. We all agreed it's a keeper.
THE WEEK AHEAD//
This will likely be another news-heavy week. My goal is to stay informed, without becoming overwhelmed by the constant coverage. Good thing I'm in the middle of two excellent books!
How was your week? What are you reading?
The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.
It's Monday... What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.