Sorry for the delay – WordPress isn’t working in Chrome. Anyway, here are my favorite books read in 2018, in no particular order.
1. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (Poetry/Novella)
“From there, after six days and seven nights, you arrive at Zobeide, the white city, well exposed to the moon, with streets wound about themselves as in a skein.”
Marco Polo shares stories of his adventures and travels with Kublai Khan.
2. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Novel)
A modern-day African-American woman is sent back in time to the Antebellum South, where she must attempt to survive the brutality of life as a slave on a plantation.
3. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih (Novel)
The narrator returns to his home village in Sudan after living in Europe for a time. A stranger living in his village befriends him and reveals a shocking history, which eventually upends the narrator’s own life, too.
4. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes (Novel)
A group of children from 19thcentury Jamaica are sent alone on a voyage back to England, but fall into the hands of pirates.
5. Romey’s Order by Atsuro Riley (Poetry)
“Some nights, blank nothing:
The ice-box, milk-purling in the kitchen.
The eye-of-pine floorboards ticking, clicking, planking themselves cool.”
These poems are centered on a boy, Romey, and his parents, who live in the lowcountry of South Carolina.