Sunday, January 9, 2022

Book Review From Last Two months of 2021

I haven't posted in the last two months. Here is my book review from November till January. 

Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett

I enjoyed reading, The Vanishing Half.  I recommend highly to live in the skin of an Afro- American, but also darker vs. lighter skinned person.  The short summary is one sister is darker-skinned than the other.  Both sisters left together as teenagers. One sister married a white man in tech valley. The other sister went back to the very racist town. Both sisters had children. They both met as adults. After they met, one cousin was dark-skinned. The other cousin wasn't aware she was from a diverse heritage.  And how each one of the cousins, and sisters lived their lives. I would recommend Vanishing Half. 

Are you a book lover? If you are, you must have heard of Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.  He is the same author who wrote The Gentleman from Moscow, and Rules of Civility.  I can't tell you in great detail about the novel.  Because it took me a while to get my thoughts together. I will do my best, though.
 I  loved The Lincoln Highway. 

 In Nebraska, 1954.  Emmett is driven home by the warden of the juvenile work camp.  Coming home, his father has passed away, and their homestead has been foreclosed by the bank. His young brother, Billy,  and Emmett decide to journey cross country to California. The plan is for them to travel to California. 

But, then everything changes. Emmett has no idea Wooley, and his Dutchess stowed away in the warden's car taking Emmett home from the juvenile work camp. The plan for Emmett and Billy falls apart.  Instead, Duchess and Wooley have another plan. Wooley has an inheritance. He wants to convince Emmett instead of going to California. Let's go to the opposite direction and get my inheritance. He promises to share it with them. So Emmett's plan of course falls apart.  While traveling, Emmett and Billy, Wooley and Dutchess are separated. The car is taken. Emmett and Billy have no choice but to get on a train and journey on to find the other two toward NYC. 

The four main characters have very different personalities.  Emmett is a do-gooder, Billy is a little boy and very gullible. Dutchess is a smooth talker, full of life, and sly, and takes many shortcuts to get what he wants in life. Wooley on the other hand is gullible, naive and acts immature for his age. All the characters are interesting in their own way. The book reminds me of a cross-country joy ride. 

The journey across the country reminded me how different our culture is in different parts of the region of the USA. There are so many differences in our country spanning from East to the West Coast, and North to South. 

 The time is 1954. It is the beginning of the awakening of the civil rights movement.  But also the differences of class as well.  

Like always I love Mr. Towles's writing style.  If you like sophisticated and unique writing. You must read his novel slowly. Like a glass of wine, and a piece of chocolate.The only thing some people may have a difficult time with so many of the characters. If you are character-driven. And like how the characters develop you will enjoy reading. But if you are plot-driven this may not be your cup of tea. I am hoping the paperback comes out sooner than his previous Gentleman in Moscow. As our book club is set to discuss at the end of the year. If not, we will just have to wait.  

I didn't read, The Lights We Didn't See. I wanted to like and give, Cloud Cuckoo Land a try. I heard some wonderful things about his previous book, The Light We Do Not See.  So, I thought even though I don't read books normally like this. I'm sure I will connect. 

I read the flap of the book. It didn't sound like it was for me. But, I gave it a try. It was a fantastical read. But, it was way over my head. Usually when I have attempted to read fantasy or science fiction. I have a hard time imagining the imagery. So that may be the problem.

 I gave the novel 160 pages. I want to be fair. I don't read these kinds of books.  But, I don't think this is considered science fiction. It is not considered dystopian, or fantasy either. I don't know what it is considered.

 I believe the theme of the book is climate and environmental change.  I felt the book was way out there. Not for me. When it takes place in Constantinople. The next thing you know you are in modern-day Idaho. Somehow between Constinople and Idaho, you are in a spaceship, what?

I don't do acid. But, I felt like I was on an acid trip.  Nothing seemed connected, rather disconnected. Sorry, I wanted to like the book.  I'm sure you science fiction readers will most likely like the book. Unfortunately, not me. 

I wish it didn't take me as long to post my thoughts on The Family Roe as it did.  I was a young woman in the '70s. I didn't follow the politic and the abortion issue much. All I knew was Roe vs. Wade passed. 

For the past few years, I didn't understand why are we visiting the policy again. I always felt separations of religion vs state. Something that happened from the 1980s to now has changed. After reading the book I realize individuals, politicians have been attempting to unravel the law. 

 I can't believe we are going backward again.  I am an advocate for women's rights.  I believe it a women's right to privacy. It is her right and her partner to decide, and make the decision what happens to our bodies, not men or the US government.  

 I'm glad I gave the book another chance. It s worth reading. The different perspectives of Roe vs. Wade no matter what side you are on. It is very hard to get into the technical info. If you are not a legal expert. I was ready to say enough. But after reading from 250. The book sped up. If you are interested in abortion rights, and the legal system, and the different parties involved. What happened to Roe vs Wade after the case was resolved. The people, the family, and all those involved.

The book is very good investigative reporting. So much information to unpack and understand the relevance to the Roe VS Wade case. The people involved. Sad on all sides. To the attorneys, courts, advocates, abortionists, medical doctors.

What hit me the most was the powerful people who took advantage and manipulated and abused Norma. Which Norma did the same. But, still the pro-lifers, religious leaders, politicians, propped up Norma and Roe for their own gain. What I also found interesting. The way abortion was used for the feminist movement, ERA, the Republican party leaders, and the sexual revolution, promiscuity, and gay movement, and racism all rolled up in one. The result of this is what is going on now in our society today.

I was too young to understand what was Roe VS Wade. Reading Family Roe gave me insight. I'm glad I read the book. If you consider yourself an activist on either side and you have a curiosity. It may interest you. I don't recommend it to everyone. It is very difficult to read, and some parts are a bit graphic. But if you are interested in the topic. It's a bit dry and difficult to read. But once you get halfway through it perks your interest. Just to say the author was objective and his opinions were left out of it. 

  reading,  State of Terror by First Lady, Hilary Rodham Clinton, and Louise Penny was a great ride. All I can say is, Wow! If you are stuck over the weekend in the snow then this novel is for you. It is a non-stop page-turner, and roller coaster ride, and doesn't stop. It will keep you in suspense until the last paragraph.  I hope she and Louise Penney will consider riding together again. But, I'm afraid this was a catharsis.

This is not just a political thriller, it also has themes of women friendships and their importance in our lives.  If you aren't looking to read something that hits very close to home( our US politics). Then you may want to move on. I enjoyed it. 😉 I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is a Trump supporter. Ms. Clinton gets to give a few jabs and makes fun of the previous administration. Which I don't blame her. 

 Remember it's fiction. There is also humor added to spice up the novel. It's a heart-pounding thriller. It doesn't give you a chance to take a breath. And it is very close to real life, it's scary. Many times I wondered if it's true. It sounded like it was ripped from the pages of the newspapers.  I would recommend for a fun ride. 

I read Sankofa because of the recommendation of one of the celebrity book clubs. I don't usually take their word for it. I have found, I'm sorry to have purchased the book a few times. Celebrity book clubs are in it for profit don't kid yourself. So, I read the synopsis first. What I read sounded interesting. 

Sankofa takes place in London, as well as a non-existent country in South Africa called Bamana. Anna is married in a troublesome marriage with an adult daughter. Where their relationship is complicated. 

 Anna is a bi-racial married 48 years old daughter living in London.  Her mother, a white woman has recently passed away. She is looking through her Mother's things and finds a diary from her black African father. 

 Her Father becomes a political activist before leaving England.   He was living in London and left her in a short-lived relationship. They break up and he leaves England to go to S. Africa.

 He is a political activist who sees social change and equality.  Of course, it doesn't happen. Instead, the new government is formed and he becomes an authoritarian dictatorship with corruption.

 Anna goes to Bamana to search for her father. Whereof course there is trouble in the country. Where her newfound half-sister wants to cause trouble and is jealous of her newfound relationship with her father. And she is unable to leave the country which her Father has caused conflict for her. There are themes of love belonging, country, racial threats, etc.

I found the book synopsis was interesting. I have not read any book which takes place abroad and in S. Africa. It perked my interest. I hope to read other books that the setting takes place in S. Africa. I am sorry to say for me the book was lackluster. There was just no spice to it.  I am still glad I read the book because it was a book I would not have picked up. 

The Sentence, By Louise Erdrich, is a wonderful read. I usually have a difficult time getting through her novels. For some reason, The novel was a bit strange at first. But, after I settled in, I connected.  

The novel opens up with the main character Tookie. Her best friend asks her to retrieve a body. She is arrested for stealing the body. She eventually goes to jail for some time. She is then released and finds a job at the book store.  There are many interesting characters working at the book store. I loved each, and every one of them.

 What I found strange. Is in real-time we are experiencing the same thoughts, feelings, and emotions during the pandemic.   We have experienced the empty streets, the hoarding of groceries,  remember the toilet paper shortage, the hand sanitizer problem, the loneliness, and isolation for some of us who live alone, etc. 

 The novel of course I read a couple weeks ago so it is a bit fuzzy. I will just give you my impression of the novel. First off the title of the book can mean different things. It could mean the structure of several words making a sentence. It also can also mean a person's time in jail or prison. I have always wondered why in our society, why " sentence". Just many questions to ask if you decide to read the book for book club. 

First off Louise Erdrich is a Native American living in Wisconsin.  I believe she lives in Milwaukee. She owns and sells, and educates, and preserves the Native American culture at Birchwood Books.  

The Sentence was written just before the pandemic and during the Pandemic in 2020. During President Trump's presidency, The George Floyd killing, the demonstrations, and rioting. The author, Louise Erdrich was front and center of the protest there. So many of us could see a  perspective we were unable to see. Even though this was a novel.  The book has many themes about social justice, and equality of many diverse cultures in our country.  It also delves into the beginning of the Pandemic. 

Louise wrote about the experiences she and other booksellers were experiencing shutting down our countries businesses across the country. Finding a new way to innovate and survive.  It's about a fictional book store. But, I think in some ways it is an autobiography of her experience as a bookseller. We even have a customer who dies and ghosts the book store for months called, Flora. There is humor mixed in as well. 

Have you ever been to an independent book store instead of the big corporate book store? There is a big difference. If you haven't you are missing a treat. The booksellers know their customers after years. They have a passion for books. They will go out of their way to match you with the book. Even sometimes if they are very passionate about books they will go out of their way to go to your home to get it to you.  Example of one customer in the story. Tookie goes out of her way to especially find the book the customer wants. It doesn't happen at a big book store. There is a big difference between independent stores vs. a big stores. 

Where I live there aren't any book stores except one Barnes and Noble. The closest independent book store is two hours away either in Wilmington, NC or Pawley's Island. We are a tourist town so I doubt it will happen.  
 The Sentence is an ode to independent booksellers and their customers. Even though the book store is closed the customer's spirit survives. 

Do you know who Stanley Tucci is? I didn't at first. I did sort of know he was an actor in Devil Wears Prada. I didn't know he was a big name. I watched recently, Searching For Italy on CNN. Which was about Italian food in the different areas of the country. I also started watching him since the Pandemic. I guess he didn't have much to do. He was posting mini cooking classes, and his bar drink recipes. 

 In recent years, he has written a cookbook. He loves to cook and eat different foods in different regions of the world. You think it, right, he is a "Foodie". I don't know what the expression means.  But, I'll take it.

 He has a great sense of humor as well. You should check him out. I didn't know he no longer lives in the US since he married his wife. 

This is my last book of the year, Taste by Stanley Tucci.  I am not interested in cooking that much. I don't own many cookbooks. I don't buy gourmet utensils. I buy the essential tools, pots, and pans, and tools. Not unnecessary tools.  As you can see reading about food and cooking is going out of my norm. 

  I don't make unnecessary changes in my cooking unless I have to. I make the same boring dinners each night for my family.  Reading the book made me think otherwise.  I decided to listen, instead of reading the book for my review. I did break down and purchase Taste for my Kindle. It was an end-of-the-year Christmas sale on books. 

I enjoyed listening to Taste. His sense of humor and style was wonderful. I felt like I was having a conversation with Mr. Tucci discussing his growing up in an Italian, loving family. He is about the same age as me. Some of the growing-up years brought up some memories. I loved the part about his lunch box, and his mother's gourmet meals brought to school. I can remember jealousy abounding with some of the student's mom's lunches were brought to school.  The other part I recall was making Italian Tomato Sauce, LOL! Bloody massacre in the tub like Hamlet, lol!

He also wrote about the meals while working and filming. I found it interesting since I wasn't familiar with how that works. I thought actors had to supply their own meals at work like us normal people. Traveling around the world to his favorite restaurants, and favorite Chef's would prepare specially for him. He also wrote how food has become important in his life, and his foodie experiences. 

The last part of his memoir is about the pandemic and the isolation with his family and how his illness plays into, taste. The only expectation I had with his memoir. Was some of the foods I had hoped he would explain, he didn't. I am not Italian and had no idea what he was talking about. That was my only complaint. Other than that, I loved him, and his memoir. These are my favorite books of the year. I also loved What Happened to Maude Dixon.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Invisible Half- Loved it

The Vanishing Half 
By Brit Bennett

We read Vanishing Half for our book club. There was so much  to discuss. Unfortunately I was unable to attend. Instead I will be writing my thoughts of the novel. 

The novel is perfect to talk about inequality in our society. It doesn't matter if you are black or white, gay or straight, Asian or Indian, woman or man. Look around you! Get your head out of the sand and stop wearing those rose colored glasses. If you think everything is good in our country. You need to take a good hard look around you. The book is a good starting point to talk to others about it, and discuss. Don't be closed minded and listen to others. But others should give you the same courtesy. 

I loved the concept of the plot. It was unique  The writing from other comments said her writing was lovely. I have to disagree. The writing was simplistic, and nothing special. I still enjoyed reading despite the simplicity of the writing. It is worth the read. Especially what is going on in around the country.

 It is about color and racism to some extent. But, more about asking yourself, am I white enough or black enough in the black community. I never thought of racism in the black community. Of course you are talking about a white person writing in her perspective. I love what the author did on the first page. Setting up the novel for the rest of the book. The book talks about a town called, Mallard. It is a town  only likes lighter skin. If you were dark you were hated and didn't fit in to their mold.

I love the title of the book. The title is aptly well titled.  You will understand after reading. The novel is about two twin sisters, Stella and Desiree. They both runaway from home after their father is lynched.

 After they runaway together their lives have changed in opposite ways. One sister, Desiree moves to Washington DC. She marries and has a very dark daughter named, Jude. The other sister, Stella hooks up with her white privileged boss, and marries and moves to California. She passes herself as white unbeknownst to her white husband. They have a daughter named, Kennedy. 

Desiree has no choice she and her daughter, Jude move back home to her mother's house. As her husband abuses her physically, and emotionally. She ends up working at Lou's Diner. She makes the best of it with her boyfriend, Early. It is hard work and she is content living with her mother, in town. 

There is so much to talk about in the novel.  I will write about a few things that stand out to me. 
My favorite part of the novel is when Stella finds out a black family is moving in across the street. She befriends Loretta which is ironic. Since she didn't want them to move in, in the first place. This is where I became fully invested and the story picks up for me. Before reading, the book was a bit slow and dry. 

At first she is unfriendly to Loretta and her family. But, once she gets to know her, she melts like butter on a hot steamy day. Stella sees Loretta's friends and is envious. She misses and wants female bonds, and comradery. Does Stella wish she had the same life where she doesn't have to hide her blackness. Where she felt she couldn't live?

At first when she learns a black family is moving in. You wonder is she scared being found out? Or is she herself racist? Trying to hide behind her so called, light skin?  Or is she over compensating so she won't be found out?  Y'all will just have to find out for yourselves. When Stella's daughter, Kennedy becomes an adult. She has many questions for her mother. Many things to Kennedy doesn't add up. Kennedy is a privileged brat. She gets what ever she wants.

What I found unique, and different in the novel. There were polar opposite situations and characters. For instance both sisters, one is quiet, where the other is rambunctious. One lives in a small insular, poor town. The other lives in a privileged city in California. Both Cousins, one lighter than the other. One educated and needed to work for it. Where the other because of privilege didn't have to.

 There are so many juxtapose situations, with characters and how they deal with it. How they were able to overcome obstacles, Which was one of the points. Everyone should not be privilege but better themselves not from short cuts but merit.  I am disappointed I couldn't attend the book club to discuss Invisible Half. BTW, if you read the novel. Netflix is about to release the movie, Passed. Which is about the same subject. Black person passing as white, FYI.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Book of Lost Names: Book Review

The Book of Lost Names
By Kristen Harmel

I stopped reading Holocaust book-themed novels for years. Being Jewish and saturated with atrocities of the holocaust( prisoners, gas chambers concentration camps). I didn't want to read anymore for years until now. I think in my teenage year's survivors were just starting to discuss and write about it in memoirs. 

 When I first saw the book. I was not interested. But soon more, and more people were reading. I thought I would give it a try. Also Hadassah, the Jewish organization was reading. So, I thought I would give it a try. 

 I also liked the cover of the book( sorry but pretty book covers get me every time, lol).  I think times have changed. Where authors try not to write so much about it.  As it has been written about so much. Most of us don't want to read about it. I understand we can't forget. But many of us Jews know the story. But, non-Jews don't. So I understand why. Please don't stop writing about the holocaust as the younger generation are not aware. 

For some reason, I was willing to give The Book of Lost Names a try. I am glad I did. It is not necessarily about the atrocities. But about the people what they did to resist and help the people who were in danger of being captured. Or some who reported and spied to make money on people's suffering. 

The story takes place in the present day ( 2005) with Eva, an elderly woman who is working part-time in the library in Florida. Eva is reading the newspaper. As she reads she realizes this is about her. Something she left and lost in France, The Book of Lost Names. She knows she must leave and go to Berlin. 

We are then transported back to 1942 where Eva and her mother are forced to run to an unoccupied small village town in the alps called,  Avignon. There Eva helps the resistance and learns alongside, Remy to forge documents. She forges documents for children to cross through free Switzerland. During this time Eva realizes there is something more that she needs to do for the children.  They are so young to remember their names. She realizes she needs to document the names in a book. That's where Remy and her get the idea to encode their names in a religious text( 1732), The Book of Lost Names. 

Eventually, Remy and Eva go on the run.  Both of them eventually are forced to separate and go their separate ways. 
They promise each other to meet at the Bibliotheque Mazarine Also there is another man, Jacob. Eva has no interest in it.  Eva's mother pushes Eva to think about it since he is Jewish., and Remy is not. 

 In Jewish tradition, you don't fall in love with anyone that is not Jewish. Her Mother pushes Eva.  Eva's mother is angry and makes Eva feel guilty about their situation( Jewish guilt). She feels it is Eva's fault that her father is not with them. And losing their Jewish traditions, and culture.  

The book is a page-turner from the first sentence the book transported me to another place and time. I can see it played out as a movie. If you love historical fiction, especially Jewish history, and the resistance, and coding, and how forgeries were done to help the Jewish people and anyone that was against Nazi's.

 I especially loved the townspeople who were willing to go to great lengths to help the Jewish people. Even though this is fiction.  It is very true there were towns that did protect people in hiding.
Also the looting of the Jewish books from the collections of the libraries in Europe. 
You will find it fascinating if you were not aware of the history. 

I loved the development of the characters in the story. Even after I finished the book the characters stayed with me. I loved the main character portrayed as a librarian. I loved the phrases written in the novel about how important books are to us as readers. The author states the importance of books not monetarily but as the importance of books to readers.  

I loved the book had resisters not atrocities during the holocaust. Even though the book was about the holocaust there were several uplifting parts to the book and a surprisingly happy ending that wasn't too realistic. But, still, it's fiction, what do you want? 

After reading, The Book of Lost Names I discovered a new favorite author.  I loved reading this book. I am looking forward to reading her backlist. I can't wait to discuss the book at our book club tomorrow. The author states she loves to write books of ordinary lives rise up to the occasion. 

The author also stated many people she interviewed in her work bring up the same thing. Why people in horrible times don't want to discuss a horrible time period in their life. Most people state the same thing. When they are in the moment they numb their feelings and emotions.   If they talk about past experiences it brings all the hard things up. They have a difficult time connecting their feeling and emotions when they talk about a difficult situation. 

One other thing I am sure will be said who are Jewish.  How can an author who is not Jewish write a book about the holocaust? I don't believe that. Many authors can put themselves in the shoes of a character and do their research. And write a story no matter what nationality or religion they are.  So pick up the book and give it a try. The copy is my own.  My rating is: 


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Book Review: The Plague Year

The Plague Year is one of the better books about the pandemic.  I was impressed with his writing and how the book was set up in specific chapters. I have read several books concerning the pandemic. Out of all the books I have read about the pandemic. This is one to read. As the title implies the book is about the full year of the pandemic around the world, and the politics, and culture, society, and science.

This is the book if you don't want to hear much about the politics, and the blame game. The book is for you. Mr. Wright talks about where, when, how, why it started, and what happened. Also talks about the science why the US failed. He doesn't blame all on Mr. Trump.

For example, there were many failures across government that failed us. for example the competition with China and our medical supply companies in the US(3M). Why we were unable to get supplies when our factories were here in the US. What the secrecy from China. China was hiding behind the scenes data in the lab in Wuhan( suspicious data) was destroyed. Besides all that you come to the conclusion. When another one comes are we prepared this time. Because believe me another one is coming.

Mr. Wright went into the protests, police, George Floyd. How the virus affected the cultural events. What I found interested during the riots, Mr. Wright wrote about how the protests affected the virus. He stated that wearing masks, and social distancing. Didn't increase the numbers. I find that hard to believe. How can you social distance? But who knows, the news media makes things more dramatic.

Of all the books to read about the pandemic. This one is the one to read. If you want detail and explanation of the reasoning behind the agencies what happened why we failed this is the book to read. The other books are more political and more subjective. The only thing, I didn't want to re-live the whole year again. But knowledge is bliss. The Plague Year is my own copy.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Book Review: Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong
By James McBride
My own copy

I loved James McBride's newest novel, Deacon King Kong. It was a fantastic read. When you read it you should savor every word.

 Several book clubs have formed out of virtual zoom meetings on from Oprah, The NYCc library system because of lockdown. Deacon King Kong is a perfect read for this time and because of the themes. The timing couldn't be more perfect. 

It is a perfect read for book discussion  during lockdown because of the isolation in many of the communities. Now lockdown is over it is still a good book to reflect on the importance of community.
I will keep the book on my shelf. Not a book I want to giveaway, I recommend Deacon King Kong for anyone who misses community. Anyone who is lonely, and looking for a pick me up. 

My thoughts about the novel, first it is wonderful! At first I wasn't so keen on so many characters. There is so many to keep up on, too many to count. But, you will realize later why. It is the point of the novel. But believe me it gives so much to the book. Different perspectives, and rich diversity of characters. Trying to keep up with the characters can be a challenge at times. The characters are so colorful, and bigger than life, and great humor to bring to the story, eq. are Sportscoat, Big Sausage, and Elephante to name a few. Don't you just love the names?

Deacon King Kong is set in Brooklyn, 1969,  after Robert Kennedy(1968), and Martin Luther King shot, before crack use was prevalent. Just to set up the cultural history.

Sport coat, who is the Deacon in the church, and he's best friend, Big Sausage who is the janitor in the projects. Sport coat is an elderly black man. He is always has he's hands in the drink called, King Kong, 
He's wife Hettie drowned a few years ago, She is always on Sport coat's mind. He is constantly having conversations with Hettie( in his mind). The church has been wondering what has happened to the church money that Hettie was responsible for. It was never found.

One day Deems is seen by Sport coat dealing in front of the church by the flagpole. The church members observe Sport coat shoot Deems. He is not killed, just wounded. What I loved is Sport coat doesn't remember the incident. He swears he didn't shoots Deems. Is it because it is too horrible for him to remember?  The police are searching for the shooter throughout the book. Where is he, and who? Deems doesn't turn him in, and neither does the observers, and community. This was a bit strange. I felt they were protecting him. There is more to the shooting that you will learn about as you read the novel.  

There is so many comical parts and lots of humor. If you can believe it. there ants included in the story too. Ants you say. What is with t he ants? You will just have to read the book. All I will say is... It was so hysterical I couldn't help laughing.  There is also a mystery that is solved at almost the end of the novel.  There is a tiny piece involving a piece of art, also involving drugs, Italians, and drug gangs too. 
The best part there is if you can believe it too. A woman, black assassin added to the mix. Wow! what else can Mr. McBride's imagination add to the story. 

I loved the peeling of layers and layers added to the characters. It is like an onion that keeps peeling. But, then the author abruptly interrupts the suspense. He then stops in his tracks to go on to another part of the story, DARN! You don't want him to stop. He keeps doing this. Oh well, you will just have to wait. And there is a romance, and historical part in the book too. 

The community of Brooklyn, and the projects mesh with the character of the novel. Which include gangs, mafia, drugs, old, young, Italians, Hispanics, etc.  The statue of Liberty adds to the story, the community  the diverse people, the culture, and the surrounding community within the community, and around  the perimeter of Brooklyn you can see the Statue of Liberty in the background has meaning. . We still have hope, and we still have work to do to better our community. It is a perfect read to remember what life was like before the pandemic. It is written for a native New Yorker. It is a love song, a tribute for his childhood life in NYC. But, also the people of NY... And even our communities. Thank you Mr. McBride for writing a fantastic read. He is also the author of Weight of Water. 

Deacon King Kong is a slow read you have to take in slow savoring bites.  I enjoyed reading. I have not felt this way about  a book in a long time.