What I Read: Jan ’15

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genvieve Valentine: Set in the 1920’s, this story follows 12 sisters who are locked up like birds in their incredibly wealthy father’s mansion. Each night they sneak out to dance in the speakeasies of Manhattan until he decides it’s time to marry them off. I really enjoyed this book, while not all the scenes were home runs (especially the earlier dance halls scenes felt forced). I’m glad I read it but I’m not sure I’ll seek out any other of Valentine’s novels.

Red Azalea by Achee Min: This was quite the haunting memoir of powerlessness in Mao’s Communist China. I was most surprised by exactly how obsessed the state is with controlling sex and intimacy. I enjoyed this personal peak into this period of history, particularly that it was from a woman’s voice and flew through this short memoir.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier: I picked this up at the library because I loved Girl with a Pearl Earring but boy oh boy was this a slog! I love historical fiction (this is the second one I read this month) and really value that someone is telling the story of these two women scientists, who were discounted and overlooked explicitly due to their gender. I did not enjoy the obsession with class, while probably a player in the historical record, and it left me feeling sort of sad. We have so far to come.

What I Watched: Noah, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Under the Skin, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Interview, Zodiac, Sky Captain the World of Tomorrow, I, Frankenstein

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