October turned out to be a slower book month for me. I’m not sure why that is.
Hunger by Roxane Gay – I really like Roxane Gay’s writing. It’s definitely a memoir, and most definitely not a weight-loss memoir. It’s specifically about an event in her life that shaped her both physically and emotionally, but also covers other autobiographical details. Much of it was very sad.
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline – this book is a fictionalized account of the story behind Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World“. I really enjoyed this book. I love books that focus on a small slice of history and make me want to learn more about it. This was a quick read too; I read most of it on a plane.
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 – This collection is released annually and I can’t recall having read it in the past. I have read the Best American Short Stories before and been disappointed by them, but maybe I will try again. I enjoyed this collection much more and will definitely read next year’s volume. With compilations such as this, there are invariably stories that will stick with me more than others, but I enjoyed most of them here. I also really liked reading the stories behind the stories by the authors as well as the editors’ reasons for selecting the stories they did and their favorites.
My favorite this month: A Piece of the World (But I enjoyed all three of these books).