Hi historical fiction friends!
I had a wonderfully bookish weekend between helping a friend get signed up for a new library card and going to the grand opening party for a local bookstore. If only every weekend could be so book-centric!
Having fun isn’t hard when you have this Arthur-inspired library card sticker! $3
The Forty Elephants by Erin Bledsoe
Inspired by the first all-female gang in London, The Forty Elephants tells the story of Alice Diamond and 1920s London, where gang violence and pickpockets run rampant. When she’s recruited by a notorious group of female thieves, she finally finds success and a desire for more — no matter the cost.
The Ghetto Within by Santiago H. Amigorena
The English translation of this French sensation follows a Polish exile living in Argentina who struggles with guilt and identity, wondering what caused him to flee when so many others — including his own mother — remained. Inspired by the author’s grandfather, this novel is part biography and part fiction as Amigorena confronts the toll of trauma and silence.
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Make sure not to read these books on an empty stomach.
The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard
A stolen recipe plants the seeds of rage for a groundskeeper after a caricatured likeness of him is used to market a rib sauce stolen from a white family’s talented Black cook. Humiliated and increasingly distraught, August Sitwell’s rage grows into an explosion that will wreak tragedy for everyone around.
The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
After fleeing Saigon in 1929, a Vietnamese cook serves first as a galley at sea and then as a live-in cook for the eccentric hosts of a literary salon in Paris. It’s a story of food, identity, belonging, and what it means to call a place home.