Tin Man is in many ways a meditation on love, grief, and ultimately hope. This is one of those books that's not so much about the plot as it is about small details and carefully crafted images to paint a portrait of a relationship between two men in Oxford in the 70s and 80s. Sarah Winman has an amazing ability to open up a character with just a few well placed words and sentences.
This is a searing epic of a novel (as you can tell if you just pick up the book!), but well worth the journey through. This is the story of the Civil War, told through the eyes of the four Hancock siblings who all see different sides of the lead up to war, the war itself, and the terrible aftermath, particularly on their family. Be forewarned, there are some difficult scenes in this book, but it all adds to the powerful story Gear tells.
This is the most Mary Roach-esq book I've ever read that isn’t by Mary Roach. Bianca Bosker set out to discover why wine snobs are obsessed with wine, and became obsessed herself. She writes about her insane year in blind-tasting groups, going to smelling conventions, and drinking all the wine in her quest to become a certified sommelier. This book will make you want to drink and analyze lots of wine.
Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over cocktails—Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about Phenomenology. This meeting sparked a movement that swept through the cafes of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism. This book follows the existentialists story, from the first rebellious spark to its role today.
I of course loved Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and of course that will be the role that will always define her, but she most certainly deserves to be known for her writing as well. She's sharp, funny, and incredibly insightful, and this book is a great look at her time being space royalty both before and after fame, and at her affair with Harrison Ford.
This is a beautifully written and moving book about three very different, strong, flawed women set in Germany around World War II. The perspectives of Marianne, Benita, and Ania offer a glimpse into a time and place in history where people's morals seemed broken, and where forgiveness was desperately needed but hard to come by. I loved every moment of this heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful book!