The Modern Bee Guide to Summer Reading – Part 2

August 31, 2020 in At Home - No Comments
Books for sale at Dyrham Park, a baroque estate, in South Gloucestershire are displayed in an old sink in the old kitchen, which is now a gift shop.

Oops! It’s September tomorrow. And while I know that it’ll still technically be summer for a few more weeks, a September summer reading list just sounds…strange. But whatever. If anything, the past few months have been all about adapting to new normals and situations. So a September reading list it is!

I’ll be hunkering down and avoiding large gatherings and unmasked scenarios for the time being, so reading will remain a key form of entertainment and window into the rest of the world. Here’s what I’ve read and am looking forward to diving into in the next few weeks.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. I’m currently reading this and wow. A brilliantly written, thorough journey through the caste system that exists in the United States that has shaped the hierarchy of this country for generations.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley. A group of friends on an island off the coast of Ireland, gathered to celebrate a wedding and one ends up dead? I am here for the “who dun it” spookiness and scenery that this novel promises.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. I really enjoyed this novel about Black American twin sisters who can “pass” as white…and one does, blending into a different world and ultimately a completely different life from her twin. I have stories in my own family about a relative who “passed” so this was of particular curiosity to me.

The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy. I think the title gives a pretty good idea of what this book is about. I am so curious to hear about the daughter of one of the most infamous segregationist’s reckoning with her father’s legacy, especially after seeing a photo of her with the late John Lewis crossing the Edmond Pettus bridge and knowing that her views were so different from her father’s.

From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over by Michael Ruhlman. We love cooking from scratch in our kitchen and are trying to do even more of it as fall comes. This layered cookbook covers thing from homemade mayonnaise to homemade sausage and would be a great tool for our kitchen.

Here’s to staying curious and as always, connected.



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