Diving into a good book: this week’s reads

Has the need to escape into a good book ever been greater?

I’m so tired of being in the same four walls everyday that reading has become a vital way to visit other worlds.

Stolen from my wife’s bookshelf, I’ve just started Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Spanning Nigeria, America and England, this is the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze embedded within the complex issues of race, relationships, identity and what “home” means.

I’ve also just delved into Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg. Considered an Italian classic, this was written in the 1960s as a barely fictionalised account of the author’s childhood and her family. Written in the style of a memoir, it details Italian domestic life from the 1920s until the 1950s.

I’m about to start this as well: Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka. I loved her debut, A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian, and have high expectations that this book will be just as entertaining. According to the blurb this book is “hilarious and horrifying”.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Comment below!

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