Summer is going by too quickly! For those who love to read (that includes me!), summer vacations at the cottage aren’t complete unless I have a new book on hand to read. The slower pace is perfect for losing yourself in a riveting narrative. Whether you enjoy fiction or non-fiction, below you’ll find some new books to read during summer 2022. You may be interested in reading my earlier blog post about new books for summer 2022.
Heather O’Neill’s latest book, When We Lost Our Heads, takes us back to late 19th century Montreal where aristocratic Marie Antoine, teenage daughter of Louis, befriends the calculating Sadie Arnett. The two girls have a love-hate relationship that expands and retracts over time. A tragic incident separates the girls: Marie becomes the owner of a sugar factory while Sadie moves to a brothel and writes a provocative novel about female empowerment. The novel is full of O’Neill’s trademark wicked humour as it unabashedly subverts patriarchal gender norms. When We Lost Our Heads is published by HarperCollins.
ISBN No.: 9-781443-451574
This cookbook from New York Times bestselling author Alton Brown presents classic and updated recipes, as well as clear instructions on how to prepare them. This hardcover book is something you’ll want to keep on your coffee table (if you have one) as it’s fascinating to pick up and read about cooking instruction. Each of the recipes has an accompanying photo, which is a plus in my opinion since I like to see what the end result is. Brown will also go into detail about particular ingredients, cooking methods and cooking equipment. Some of the recipes require specific cooking equipment that I just don’t have in my kitchen (and I do have a fair amount of equipment!) Recipes in the cookbook that include fat usually use butter as opposed to olive oil. Some of Brown’s recipes that I can’t wait to make include Chicken Piccata, Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole, Overnight Coconut Oats and The Final Pot Roast. Dessert fans will learn how to make the perfect pastry cream, chocolate glaze and buttercream frosting. There are several gluten-free recipes and you’ll even learn how to prepare the popular Korean dish, Bibimbap. Good Eats4: The Final Years is published by Abrams. ISBN No.: 9-781419-753527.
Have you wanted to learn how to read Tarot cards? I bought some several years ago so The Big Book of Tarot Meanings by Sam Magdaleno has been very helpful to me in understanding Tarot. The book explains the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana cards with a large, colour image of each Tarot card and three pages of explanation. For example, for The Fool card (a Major Arcana card), the author describes how The Fool is depicted on the card and what this means, as well as the key words that apply to the card whether it is drawn upright or reversed. He then describes the meanings of the card depending on the context of the reading such as Beginnings, Career, Money, Love, Friends & Family, Health, Higher Guidance and Outcome. In the case of The Fool card, when the card is upright, it means you should embrace new opportunities whereas when the card is reversed, it means you are probably being reckless in that area of your life and you should reign in your energy. The writing is very clear and thorough. You will definitely end up having a better understanding of Tarot cards and readings once you have finished Magdaleno’s glorious book. Published by The Quarto Group. ISBN No.: 978-0-7603-7305-7
This is a book that begins slowly and sneaks up on you. The story, which is set in Port Angeles, Trinidad & Tobago, begins with Darwin, a young man who must find a job to help care for his mother. Being a Rastafarian, he is forbidden to be in contact with the dead. Darwin must wrestle with a moral dilemma since the only job he is able to find is working as a gravedigger at Fidelis Cemetery. Yejide, who has had a difficult relationship with her mother Petronella all her life, must now bury her. Weaving magic realism into the story, Banwo uses the imagery of birds and the appearance of apparitions to show the connection between the living and the dead and the strong influence of our ancestors. The characters speak in a Trinidadian dialect that is soothingly lyrical yet takes a few pages to get used to. This is a refreshing and original debut novel. Published by Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House. ISBN No.: 9-780593-313619
I hope you enjoyed learning about these new books for summer 2022. Happy reading!