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What I Read This Month: May 2017

I cannot be the only one who is shocked to see the end of May staring me down, right? We have a huge event next weekend for my day job and I pretty sure I need approximately 18 more days this month to get everything done! Because of the craziness at work and with the shop, reading took a bit of a backseat this month. So much so that I barely finished two books! Luckily, they were both really good ones.

Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally

“Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex-rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister Luna, indie rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the co-founder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago. But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and maybe even to continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months.”

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Girls in the Moon, but I ended up really liking it! Phoebe had enough teenage angst to provide some drama, but not so much so that she became annoying (which is a fine line, in my opinion). I’m not sure I really related to many of the characters, but found their stories engaging and would read a sequel if there ever is one. That was my one critique: I felt like there was too much left hanging and I didn’t get closure.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

n the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.”

Oh my heavens, y’all, this book was so good. I really like nonfiction that reads like fiction and this is exactly what David Grann did. The writing is compelling, it’s thoroughly researched and the story moves really quickly. And that’s before you even get to the story itself, which is mind-blowing. Grann outlines a series of coverups and systematic corruption that you don’t want to believe ever existed in our country. It certainly puts you in the shoes of another group of people and I very much recommend this one.

With one vacation and one cross-country work trip ahead in June, I’m hoping that I will have more read by the end of next month. What did you read this month? Any recommendations?

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