This book has been accurately described as “The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead,” and explores the question, “What would the animals do if humans suddenly ceased to be?” The author’s love of animals and her Seattle hometown really come through in her descriptions. And who doesn’t love a foul-mouthed crow?
Celebrated '70s musician, Patti Smith, one of my favorite poets/singers, tells a beautiful autobiographical narrative about her early career in New York and her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Although this is technically a memoir, Patti wrote it to honor a promise she made to Robert on his death bed to tell their story, the real story, in the way only she could. The story starts out with 19-year-old Patti getting pregnant, giving up the baby, and heading to New York to see if she can make it as an artist. With no job or money, she bummed meals, napped in the grass, and contemplated the universe with fellow vagabonds. Then she met Robert. After that, everything changed for both of them in amazing and devastating ways.
A missionary family moves thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the Belgian Congo in postcolonial Africa. Nathan Price, along with his wife and four daughters, begins a new life in foreign lands in the hopes of spreading his religious teachings. Over the span of three decades, the family experiences their share of tragedies and new beginnings. This historical fiction is one of my favorites as it explores a family's struggle with guilt, freedom, and growth.
This book is usually presented as a satire of the Stalin regime in Russia, but there are probably a dozen interpretations that can be given to it. It is clear that Bulgakov was influenced by Faust, the story of good and evil, God and devil. Here is one interesting fact about this novel: It was published in 1966-67 and passed Communist censorship, which didn’t understand the multi-layered plot of the novel. They thought it was promoting atheism while doing quite the opposite.