Here are the final books that I enjoyed from my summer reading marathon.
Someone Knows My Name is a work of fiction based on an actual event. I learned so much about pre- and post-Revolutionary War African slave trade. Lawrence Hill bases his novel on the life of Aminata Diallo and her involvement with an actual military ledger called The Book of Negroes. Unfortunately, my slave trade knowledge begins and ends with American involvement mostly. Hill's book opened up the world of British actions. The British played catch-22 with slaves. They started the slave trade, they used slaves, they saved slaves, they freed slaves and tried to abolish slave trade. They were all over the board with slavery. The story of Aminata starts with her life as a child in Africa and ends with her death in England. Everything in between is amazing. I would not be able to survive the life she lived. Recommendation: read it!
Jonathan Tropper's book This is Where I Leave You was my book club's first book. LOVED IT! I found it funny and engaging. The events in the novel are not funny but tragic life happenings. However, the way in which Tropper explains these terrible events in Judd Foxman's life is hilarious. I found myself laughing on the train while reading. I like books like that. My former roommate read the book and she didn't find it funny. I think she's crazy. My fellow book club members all found the book funny and tragic. I can't wait to read another of Tropper's books. Recommendation: Absolutely!
This book is the first author reading that I attended. I am proud to say my book is signed. I am not proud to say it took me over 2 months to read said book. I love the story premise but it did drag on and was slow in many parts. I still recommend novel but I don't think I'll try another of Wolitzer's books. Recommendation: read if you like Wolitzer's other books.