Best Books: The Handmaid’s Tale, Commonwealth, Little Fires Everywhere

Looking for a good book? I’ve got three great reads to share. All very different, but each excellent in its own way. In the last two months I had fun reading a really well written award winner, an 80s cult classic, and a current best-seller soon-to-be tv series.

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Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett was so complicated. It was an old-school tale of family dysfunction. But also survival, and what happens for better or worse when adults are distracted by their own lives and not watching what the kids are doing. Dark humor abounds in this short book, and the relationship analysis is fascinating.

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I had never read any of Margaret Atwood’s books, but was completely baffled by The Handmaid’s Tale. The plot is disturbing, and surreal, yet there was so much of what Atwood wrote in 1980 in this dystopian tale that actually unfolded in the years following its publication. I’ve heard the tv show created by Hulu is excellent. I might add it to my list of things to watch this summer.

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Little Fires Everywhere, is by far my favorite Celest Ng book I have read so far. It was a total page turner with equal parts romance, mystery, and drama. Her characters are relatable and yet unique. This one, like Everything I Never Told You, leaves you wondering how Ng comes up with her plots.

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