Book Buys

Last month I treated myself to a few new books and finally I’m getting around to tell you about them.

First, Umami by Laia Jufresa, translated by Sophie Hughes. In five extraordinary apartments live five extraordinary families. Designed in the shape of a tongue, each apartment takes the name of a flavour – sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. And the tenants are no less eccentric. Doesn’t this sound wild? I’ve never read this author before but I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Next is, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. I feel like I’m the last person to read this one but I’ve only heard great things about this story so I think I will really enjoy it.

Finally, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. This is another book which has received a lot of praise and I think it will be eye-opening for sure.

Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think and which one you’d start reading.

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