This month has been a good one for books. I finished rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I got started on the Ron Chernow Alexander Hamilton biography because the miracle happened — I got to see Hamilton on Broadway nearly a year after buying tickets to the show. I’ll have more on the Hamilton biography once I complete it of course, but here were a few other books I completed this month that were all pretty fantastic:
The Fixer and Other Stories (by Joe Sacco) – A friend of mine had given me a copy of this and being that I finally got around to reading Palestine earlier this year, I thought I should read this one too. Sacco’s stories in this volume focus on the Bosnian War, with the title story honing in on Sacco’s relationship with a local “fixer” who helps him report out his stories. The comics journalism format is a really great way to learn about that period of time and I remain impressed by Sacco’s work now that I’ve finally made the effort to read it.
Homegoing (by Yaa Gyasi) – I think this book is honestly my favorite thing I’ve read so far this year. This book introduces you to new characters in each chapter — the story begins with two African half sisters who’ve never met, but end up having completely different lives, and continues with the story of their descendants from Africa to the United States. It can be a brutal read sometimes, but it’s an important one and so beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down.
The Room on the Roof / Vagrants in the Valley (by Ruskin Bond) – I saw a woman reading a Ruskin Bond book while at the airport in India and when I spotted his books on a display at a Delhi bookshop, I decided I ought to give his work a try. So I got this volume of two of his novels and I have to say, I quite enjoyed them. The Room on the Roof, his first novel, is about a 16-year-old Anglo-Indian boy in Dehradun who runs away from his guardian and begins to integrate with the Indian society he never took part in. The second story picks up where the first novel left off and both prove to be enjoyable coming-of-age tales that really immerse you in the setting.