Three Women by Lisa Taddeo has been everywhere. It was one of my most anticipated Summer releases and has been described as the book of the Summer. Words like “extraordinary” and “profound” keep popping up in reviews. My expectations were high. What follows is however an unpopular opinion. Perhaps, the only negative review I’ve seen around. But things are what they are. I didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t think it was good. I am in the minority, though.
I really wanted to love Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young. I mean, it was perfect for me! It’s an essay collection about youth, ambition, anxiety, the challenges of personal transformation and disappointment! It sounds right up my alley, right? Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to connect to Young’s universe.
Somehow, I feel that it takes courage to put yourself out there, to reveal your past, your pain, your struggles, your darkest sides. Of course I can still talk about the writing, the structure but I feel limited to a certain extent. I am not just rambling on. It’s just very tough for me to write about this book. Why?
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge was published in 2018. It's the winner of several prizes, such as The British Book Awards Non-fiction: Narrative Book of the Year 2018, of the Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and of the Jhalak Prize. It has also been OurSharedShelf's January/February pick which is Emma Watson's book club.