The idea of a book club is so wonderful. You get together with your friends. There’s probably snacks and wine involved. You get to catch up with people you love and admire and you are able to connect with them in a deeper way than usual as the club dissects the book together. All wonderful and beautiful until you try to schedule it. First, what kind of book to choose? Who will host? How often will you meet? What day works for everyone? Should you prepare discussion questions or will everyone be able to talk about the book without feeling awkward? The logistics of having a book club really ruin the fun. So I propose that instead you join my book club, right here! No need to clear your schedule to meet. No need to drive anywhere or put pants on. No need even to read all the same books as I will. Over the next few months, I will be posting book reviews and thoughts for you to look at and decide for yourself whether or not the book sounds interesting. Feel free to drink a glass of wine or two while you read and while you read my posts. 😉

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance

From Amazon… ”Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.”

The word ‘Elegy’ first caught my eye when I saw this book at my library. I had never seen this word before but it being so similar to ‘eulogy’ I guessed it may have a similar meaning. Turns out I was right. A eulogy is a speech given for someone that has passed away and an elegy is a written remembrance. 

This biography was so interesting. J.D. Vance walks us through how his background and family formed him and how the strong love of his Grandparents ultimately saved him from the problems of his community. More than a biography, he also shows us the problems that his community of poor, white Americans faces. Wow, J.D. is such a fantastic writer, never getting too emotional about the truly horrible and sad things he went through, and always staying pretty objective when talking about his culture and family. I couldn’t put this book down.

Rating- 5 Stars

PS- Someone had this book on hold at the library after me so I wasn’t able to renew the book. I was enjoying it so much I paid a $3 fine just to keep it!


Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

From Amazon…”In Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling has solidified her position as “most valuable friend.” Just like Mindy, these essays are exuberantly funny, deeply introspective and refreshingly thoughtful. From her relationship with BJ Novak and the guy who worked for the president, to creating her TV show and announcing the Emmy nominations, Mindy’s just-between-us-friends approach makes you love her just a little bit more after each story, and you’ll even question if Mindy is your soup snake.”

 Mindy jokes in the book about it being a beach read. She’s right, this was one of my easy summer reads. Mindy is a great actress and terrific comedian. I really enjoyed reading her words because I felt like I was listening to Mindy tell me stories about how she got to where she is. It was very conversational. I listened to her first book on tape and it was read by Mindy herself! This book wasn’t quite as fun to read so if she writes anything else, I’ll probably get it as an audio. A little crude so be aware of that!

Rating- 3 1/2 Stars

 

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