What we’re reading: Gardner, Ellmann & Fraser
Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.
Tye Cattanach is reading Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner
Sally Gardner is a true master at weaving immensely deep worlds in which a reader can only get hopelessly absorbed. This new fairytale-esque offering is no exception. Beautifully written and gorgeously imagined, Invisible in a Bright Light is a sophisticated read that will leave the reader feeling deeply satisfied. It is perfect for very good readers of ages 11 and up.
Dani Solomon is reading Sarah’s Two Nativities by Janine M Fraser & Hélène Magisson
As Sarah’s extended family all gather for Christmas dinner, her two grandmas tell her the story of the Nativity. Grandmother Azar makes kofte and tells stories from the Holy Koran, while Grandmother Maria makes cupcakes and her stories from the Bible. This beautiful book celebrating differences and the strength and comfort of family belongs in everyone’s home regardless of religious beliefs.
Bronte Coates is reading Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
I’m not even half-way into this much-hyped, award-winning, 1000+ page, single-sentence novel yet, but I already feel like it’s going to be one of the best books I’ve ever read. Lucy Ellmann has crafted an ambitious and exciting work of fiction that drops you inside one woman’s head as she bakes pies and worries about the world, ranging over the minute details of her everyday life, to universal concerns about genocide, the encroaching environmental disaster and more. If you’re looking for a big book to disappear inside of over the holidays, Ducks, Newburyport may be just the thing.