Broken Penguins is coming up to its second blogiversary in August and after so many reviews, I have finally narrowed down what I love to read. This may sound crazy to you that I’ve gone this long without knowing but I’ve never really, really narrowed it down. I choose most books based on fantastic reviews, beautiful covers and well-written summaries.
But turns out, I almost always enjoy historical American fiction. Early America was a freak show of sorts and it’s nice to see how North American culture began to take shape. I love the moral complexities of a time period where greed and desperation weren’t strange bedfellows. Add in a society of heavy moral policing and voila, I’ll read it cover to cover.
This also reflects some of the amazing historical American fiction I’ve read recently: Sutton (to be reviewed!), Parlor Games, The Virgin Cure, The Sisters Brothers and let’s not forget The American Heiress.
I want to add one more to the list. Belle Cora by Philip Margulies sounds fantastic. It’s set to be released in January 2014:
Based loosely on the life of the 19th-century prostitute of the same name, the book is written in the form of a two-volume memoir by one of San Francisco’s richest and most revered dowagers. In it, the heroine tells the story of her moral fall and material rise over the course of the century, carrying her from the farms, mills, drawing rooms (and bedrooms) of New York to the California gold rush.
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