I broke my no books from the library rule last week and borrowed a book for me. The kids had their piles of picture books (which can get heavy!). On my way to the checkout station, I spotted Laura Childs’ latest Tea Shop Mystery: Sweet Tea Revenge. Her Tea Shop Mysteries are one of my favorite cozy series. “m sure our amateur detective Theodosia Browning will be up to her shenanigans in order to solve the murder. I’m looking forward to diving in!
Last night I read the first 5 pages of Glow a novel by Jessica Maria Tuccelli. If the first 5 pages is any indication of how good a book it, I knew I was in for a sleepless night of frantic reading. So I forced myself to put it down. Also, the book cover is gorgeous? Yes, I do sometimes judge books by their cover.
Here’s the publisher’s description of Glow:
In the autumn of 1941, Amelia J. McGee, a young woman of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish descent, and an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP, hastily sends her daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia in the middle of the night—a desperate measure that proves calamitous when the child encounters two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road.
Ella awakens in the homestead of Willie Mae Cotton, a wise root doctor and former slave, and her partner, Mary-Mary Freeborn, tucked deep in the Takatoka Forest. As Ella heals, the secrets of her lineage are revealed.
Shot through with Cherokee lore and hoodoo conjuring, Glow transports us from Washington, D.C., on the brink of World War II to the Blue Ridge frontier of 1836, from the parlors of antebellum manses to the plantation kitchens where girls are raised by women who stand in as mothers. As the land with all its promise and turmoil passes from one generation to the next, Ella’s ancestral home turns from safe haven to mayhem and back again.
As a mother of biracial children, this portrayal of race relations in this period of American history intrigues me. Perhaps we have not come s far along in that department?
Stay tuned for a review and giveaway of Glow!
What’s on your list this week?