Holiday Reads for the Rest of Us

To get into the holiday spirit this year I’ve been cranking up the Christmas tunes, decorating the Christmas tree, and drinking hot cocoa while watching Home Alone, but when it comes to books I need something a little less sparkly and bright. I like to read realistic fiction – nothing against a good cozy mystery or a holiday themed romance, but I enjoy the struggle of real life in my reading. It helps me recognize what I’m thankful for and helps me feel less alone if I’m having a hard time. Here are some fiction reads, for however you spend the season, to bring some empathy, understanding, and maybe a little chaos.

Disgruntled: A Novel by Asali Solomon: “Kenya is teased mercilessly by her Philadelphia grade-school classmates for her Kwanzaa-celebrating family’s odd ways—and they don’t know the half of it.  Her father preaches “black anarchy” as the volatile leader of the Seven Days, a group he and Kenya’s mother, Sheila, who grew up in the projects and who supports her family as a librarian, has pulled together. Preternaturally observant and mordantly funny, Kenya is a hypnotic narrator coping valiantly with an increasingly bewildering life.” (Booklist) Continue reading “Holiday Reads for the Rest of Us”

Romantic Wednesdays: Thanksgivukkah Rant!

Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving! According to those who measure calendars, these two holidays won’t occur at the same time again for thousands of years. I had high hopes for either a Hanukkah or Thanksgiving romance post, but after racking my brain and searching ardently in the library catalog, I came up regretfully short on titles for either. Where are the romance stories featuring well-rounded Jewish characters celebrating Hanukkah? Or the cozy Thanksgiving stories with characters from any background or religion? It seems that romance publishers are determined to skip other holidays by focusing solely on Christmas titles, sometimes releasing them as early as October! Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Thanksgivukkah Rant!”