…George Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo!
Ok, I gotta admit I did not see this coming although many folks were vying for him. I read Lincoln in the Bardo in my #FinestFiction challenge and found it hard to follow. While the format was confusing to me, and I didn’t know half the time who was who, what emanated clearly from the pages was the grief Lincoln felt for his dead son. Congratulations though to Saunders, the second American in a row to win the prize. Last year belonged to Paul Beatty and you can read my review of The Sellout here.
Here are other books from the Man Booker Prize I reviewed on the blog:
4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Autumn by Ali Smith
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
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In this week’s edition of a new project: Books and Looks!
I’ve always been enthralled with fashion, for as much as I love reading. So I thought why not combine the two? And instead of just doing “lookbooks” — why not do “booklooks” instead?
My photo above is a combination of things I’m currently into: metallic boots, plaid blazers (plaid everything tbvfh), and my book subscription to Book of the Month. What I wasn’t unfortunately into was Diksha Basu’s book The Windfall which I gave a measly rating of two stars. As much as I wanted to like/love it, I found myself wondering how I even managed to finish it. True, it was entertaining, but other than that fact, it was a disappointment. While the characters were at times hilariously unbelievable, there was something I can’t quite put my finger on. But more on those thoughts later…
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In other book news… October 2017 is the 100th year since the Russian Revolution, and I’m currently making my way through China Mieville’s October: The Story of the Russian Revolution painstakingly and very, very slowly. I also just got Masha Gessen’s book so I’m looking forward to that. Haymarket Books also compiled a bunch of reading, check it out if you are so inclined.
Have a great reading-weekend!
Pia Cortez is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs a book blog called Libromance where she reviews books and publishes literary features with a queer Filipino immigrant lens. She is a contributor at Hella Pinay, an online magazine for Filipino-American women and at New Life Quarterly, a literary magazine based in Oakland, California. She is currently working on her first novel.