Here’s what I’ve read in May + June:
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize winning nonfiction work follows the lives of several families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as they struggle with rent, landlords, and evictions around the time of the 2008 financial crisis. This book is on many reading lists going around lately, and I’d also recommend it to anyone. The book will fill you with every emotion as you work through it, and it’s a great place to start conversations with friends about the housing crisis and poverty in America.
New Selected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
I love working some poems into my days wherever possible – a leftover habit from college, I think. This collection of poems has been filling that need for me lately. I picked this up after our visit to Scotland last year when I was looking around for more Scottish literature to read.
It’s Not About the Burqa, edited by Mariam Khan
This is a collection of essays by Muslim women in their own voices. The themes covered by the essays are broad and nuanced: faith, feminism, love, family, community, immigration, education. Truthfully, this is one of my favorite things I’ve read this year. So many of these essays resonated with me, and I keep coming back to them in my mind long after I have put the book down.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah has been on my “to read” list for what feels like ages. I finally started reading it and am partway through – so far, I love it. I’m really enjoying the strong writing style combined with such a compelling narrative. I’m hoping to finish this up soon!
What I read in March + April is posted here.