The Book of Salt: Life in 1930s Paris through the eyes of Binh, a Vietnamese cook, adds flavor to the literary realm. Cooking for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, however, becomes not so golden when Binh finds himself faced with a decision when his “Mesdames” decide to move back to America. Monique Truong dashes time for this story that is as cultured as it is imaginative.
The Gilda Stories: After escaping slavery in the 1850s, Gilda becomes enamored by a family of vampires. This delectable read by Jewelle Gomez is visionary over the course of deep layers that will leave you glamoured by each word on the page.
Still Life with Rice: Author Helie Lee weaves her grandmother’s upbringing of war and abuse in Korea as lessons for Helie to not to be obsessed with being “americanized.” Stirring the read in a similar writing vein of “The Color of Water” by James McBride is time captured in a gripping movement of generations.
I am reading “Trouble and Triumph” by Tip “T.I.” Harris and David Ritz.