Here’s what I’ve read in March + April:
Patterns of India by Christine Chitnis
I mentioned in 10 Travel Books to Read in Quarantine that we’ve been reading and cooking our way through Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar and that it had piqued our interest in India. We ordered Patterns of India after searching for something with a photography bend. This book features tons of Chitnis’ beautiful photography in Rajasthan, India as well as some of her essays about the area. I am loving it.
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
A quick read for a tragic story set in North Carolina. This novel is at once a mystery and an exploration of the social issues of our time around race, class, and coming of age. The topics are not easy to read, but the book itself is hard to put down.
I think A Good Neighborhood would be a great pick for a book club. I was eager to discuss it as I read through.
The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
Urrea’s nonfiction work about US-Mexico border policies and the people involved with it came out 15 years ago, but it feels just as, if not more so, important to read today. The book tracks the well-known story of the Yuma 14 as they tried to cross into Arizona in the harsh desert. It is horrifying. It is important. Highly recommend reading if you, like me, haven’t picked it up before.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This one made its way into my pile thanks to some inspiration from a Brit Lit class my sister is taking. The last time I read Jane Eyre was for school in 2003. I enjoyed the novel when I was younger, and revisiting it was really fun. Of the three English classics I’ve read lately (Vanity Fair, Middlemarch, Jane Eyre), Brontë’s novel is my favorite.
What I read in January + February is posted here.