what I read in June 2020

American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
Short stories (some very short) about women who have adapted (or are seeing the need to adapt) to meet the demands of being perfect wives and mothers. Wry and creative and funny and a bit vicious, at times. I liked it a lot.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Audio)
Still gut-wrenching, decades later. Narrated by the author and I’d like to listen to her narrate everything.
Collected: City + Country by Sarah Richardson
The first of a series, apparently. I don’t know what the print version is like, but the ebook felt more like a magazine. Lots of pretty interiors for pristine people.
Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti
I thought this would be a book of humourous essays, but it’s a boring, disjointed and repetitive autobiography by a man who is known (I have since learned) for being very funny. This came as a surprise.
Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse by John Lithgow
Clever and a lot of fun to write, I bet.
Fantastic Mr Fox and Other Animal Stories by Roald Dahl (Audio)
Loved it. Great narration by Chris O’Dowd, Geoffrey Palmer, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal
Tips for maintaining focus, but nothing I hadn’t heard before or learned on my own.
Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner (Audio)
Now this is an autobiography. What a fascinating life, well-told.
Lake Success: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart (Audio)
I wasn’t sure whether to persist with this one; heaven knows there are enough novels out there following the escapades of rich, powerful, white male protagonists. I did enjoy watching the failures mount up for Barry Cohen, the clueless main character, but he still got off way too easily for his various misdemeanors. Frustratingly true to life.
Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone
Decor inspiration for rich people who live in homes that look like movie sets.
Meatless by Martha Stewart
Nicely done, Martha.
Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C Simpson
Lots of good ideas to try.
Vegan on the Go by Jerome Eckmeier
Hmmm, I seem to have been feeling very vegan this month. This is another good one.
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America by Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker (Audio)
Never could I have imagined I’d be interested in reading/listening to so many books about a politician, but I guess that’s what happens when a clown is put in charge.
The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
I wish I could express myself half as well as Lindy West. Great essays.

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