Book Talk: A memoir and a novel worth your time



First up is Sarah Jio’s newest novel, Morning Glory, available later this month. I feel like this author has gotten better and better with each  novel. I like her writing style, the stories she spins, and you can count on a mystery of some sort to keep the pages turning. In this book, Ada has lost her husband and daughter to a freak accident. She leaves her home in New York for a change of pace- a houseboat in Seattle. There she hopes to put her past behind her and heal.

The houseboat Ada rents has a intriguing past- a previous owner named Penny Wentworth went missing back in 1959. She was a  young woman, married to a older man, a temperamental artist named Dex. Penny vanished on night and no one really knows what happened. Morning Glory is told in alternating chapters by Ada and Penny.

I was totally intrigued with Penny and her life and loves, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see what really happened to her!


Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott is the story of Alysia and her bisexual father Steve. After her mother dies, Alysia is raised by her dad in San Francisco during the 1980’s. From Goodreads: “He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference.

In Alysia’s teens, Steve’s friends—several of whom she has befriended—fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it’s time to come home; he’s sick with AIDS.”

This was a very touching story of Steve, trying to raise young Alysia as as a single dad as best he could. The backdrop of San Francisco during the eighties was richly drawn, I had no trouble imagining what Alysia described. Very good book- I love a good memoir.

I am always in the mood for a good book. So tell me, what are you reading?

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