Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book Review: Fourth of July Creek

In December, all the critics come out with their best books of the year lists, and I pour over them for hours. Fourth of July Creek is one that came up frequently. I remembered being intrigued by it when it came out mid-year.

The main character, Pete Snow, is a social worker in rural Montana who is estranged from his wife and daughter. He gets involved with a boy whose father is a fundamentalist survivalist. Pulled in first by the boy, but becoming fascinated by the disturbed father, Snow is drawn deeper into their lives as his own continues to unravel.

It is on the longer side and pretty dark, definitely literary fiction. It isn't for everyone, but if you want to dive into something well-written and meaty, this is a good choice.

Some of the other year-end favorites on my list are:

Fiction
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Euphoria by Lily King
How to be Both by Ali Smith
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Essays
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Loitering by Charles D'Ambrosio

Non-Fiction
Amsterdam:  A History of the World’s Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto - See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2014/01/14/6-Top-Non-Fiction-Books-Your-2014-Reading-List#sthash.C42SBx2t.dpuf
Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto
Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval

I'm continuing to knit about 8 projects at once. I do try to knit a little bit of a dishcloth every day to spread out the cotton knitting. It does hurt my hands if I do too much at once.

Amsterdam:  A History of the World’s Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto - See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2014/01/14/6-Top-Non-Fiction-Books-Your-2014-Reading-List#sthash.C42SBx2t.dpuf

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book list! I also have lots of projects in the works and am determined to whittle them down. However, I just started 2 new ones. Sigh......

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  2. i used your gift chocolate in baked chic chip bars mmmmm
    i fell in love with a new floor cleaner
    such excitement

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  3. I'm always on the lookout for new books to read, thanks for the suggestions :)

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  4. Ooo, what a great list, I love that you broke it down by genre. Thank you for sharing!

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