Books That Stick

Every so often I read a book that resonates with me for reasons I can’t put my finger on. Maybe it was the writing, maybe the story or maybe the setting. After reading these books it is often difficult to dive into another one right away. A couple months ago I read such a book and just this week I finished another. What a treat to have two so close together and, for me, what is even more amazing is that both of these books were by debut authors.

If you read a book that sticks with you and you’re not sure why, please stop the reference desk and tell me. I always love book suggestions! In the meantime, I suggest you pick one of these up:

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benze
Billie James inherits a small house in the Mississippi Delta from a poet father she doesn’t remember. Visiting his shack for the first time as an adult she discovers his final writings as she tries to piece together his mysterious death amid a cast of untrustworthy characters living in a town where the past and present are still one.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Emira Tucker is accused of kidnapping after a security guard at a high-end supermarket sees the young black women with her white charge. The child’s mother, Alix Chamberlain, who always gets what she wants, decides she is going to make everything right. The book examines relationships, motives, race and what it means to do the right things for the wrong reasons.

– Aimee, WFPL Reference Librarian

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