Friday Book Debrief Vol 37

By The Book Slut

By The Book Slut

A Map for Wrecked Girls

Jessica Taylor

$10.99

Part teenage sister drama and part slow-moving episode of Lost, it’s been hard to put this one down. I have no idea how it might end or even whether or not I should be rooting for them to get off their deserted island. - Mel

Sula

Toni Morrison

$15.00 $13.80

Does anything ever need to be said that doesn't sound superfluous when it comes to Morrison? She's in a category of her own and I am just happy to be able to wallow in her words. - Karen

Election

Tom Perrotta

$16.00

Once again, reading one of the two male authors that I enjoy. I haven't cracked this one open yet because of real life craziness, but I have high hopes for it! Joe College is next! - Melissa

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

$26.00 $23.92

I've heard so many incredible things about this book — and 30 pages in, it's already living up to them. Can't wait to read more of Vuong's luminous prose. - Nikki

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

$26.00 $23.92

This is my first audiobook which I started a week or two ago; it's proving to be an enjoyable experience so far! The book (written by one of the stars of Gavin and Stacey) follows the parties of a revived extramarital affair and the repercussions it has for those around them.- Hannah

Minor Detail

Adania Shibli

$15.95 $14.67

I was drawn to this title after the whole McCann Booker fiasco. Shibli is Palestinian herself and I have been wanting to read more from this particular region so I am happy to prioritize an own voices book. It is actually a work in translation from the Arabic, done wonderfully by Elisabeth Jaquette. It is quite short and I am already halfway through. It is brutal and brilliant. Needless to say, I cannot recommend it enough. - Areeb

Daddy: Stories

Emma Cline

$27.00 $24.84

I have been a huge fan of Emma Cline since reading The Girls and this one does not disappoint. Cline's writing style driven by character development translates well even in short story format. I have read about three stories in this collection and cannot put this one down! - Marian

Love After Love

Ingrid Persaud

$27.00 $24.84

This book has made its mark on bookstagram and I can't deny that, so far, the hype is well founded. What I enjoy best so far is Persaud's language: diction, pitch, rhythm. The characters feel like they live down the road from me. - Akilah

Luster

Raven Leilani

$26.00 $23.92

I’d seen a lot of praise for this debut novel that became a NYT bestseller recently, and I didn’t realize until cracking it open how humorous the writing is as well. A biting book that gives me Moshfegh vibes, this is probably the start of a very great career for Leilani. - Jessica Maria

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

$16.00 $14.72

The first-ever audiobook I have ever listened to - since Harry Potter was on a cassette tape - that I haven't fallen asleep to within the first 10 minutes. It is batshit crazy. An unforeseeable plotline that keeps you on the edge of your (in my case driving) seat. Think; art(?), aliens(?) exasperated dreamscapes, sudden social media fame, delving into the philosophy of celebrity, whilst saving the world...(?) Also contains the most realistic bisexual protagonist I have ever encountered. - PL

Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty

$17.99 $16.55

I am about half way through and still just waiting for someone to die.- PL