Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in December:
Vox by Christina Dalcher. A read-alike for A Handmaids Tale, women of America can no longer hold jobs and are limited to 100 words a day. They are forced to wear a bracelet that will give an electric shock if they break their silence after their word limit. Dr. Jean McClellan was once a cognitive linguist – she watches her daughter endure these limits. An opportunity comes that could make a change not just for her and her family, but all women.
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. A story of identity and home – the author tells the story of her family from life in war torn Vietnam to their escape to America. It’s a reminder for a lot of us to not disregard the immigrant story and how our family makes us who we are.
The Removes by Tatjana Soli. This books follows Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer, his wife, Libbie Custer, and Anne Cummins, a homesteader’s daughter. Anne was captured by the Sioux at the age fifteen and suffered immensely. Through her eyes you also saw the other side of the coin in Custer and the horrors of colonization. Everyone hurting each other to make up for the hurt they received.
Last month In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado brought two patrons together on the bus:
Two strangers on a bus read silently next until they realized they could fan grl over @carmenmmachado together. MVP goes to @SPLBuzz
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~posted by Kara P.