China Dolls: A Novel
I enjoy books that do historical fiction so well that you don't even stop to think that it's historical fiction. In 1938 San Francisco, Grace, Helen and Ruby are Chinese-American girls who work as no-no girls. As with any threesome friendship, there is always one girl who isn't as close as the other two. Grace has come to San Francisco, running from her abusive father, and finds kinship with two more experienced girls. Ruby is running from her past and from the present. Helen lives with her parents and extended family in a compound in Chinatown and is running from the expectations placed upon her. Together and sometimes apart, the girls try to find their way in a world in turmoil as WWII begins.
Station Eleven: A novel
Sometimes dystopia is frustrating because you learn about the world immediately after a collapse, then it ends when things are just starting to seem okay. Station Eleven goes beyond that, interspersing 20 years after a new world began with the moments before the old world ended and the years afterward. It skips around from past to present and from person-to-person but did so fluidly and was a very enjoyable book. I did not want it to end.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
As the mother of a child who asks a LOT of questions, this book was perfect for our house. Answering some inane questions like "What would happen if everyone in the earth shined a laser pointer at the moon at the same time?" to some serious questions "What happens if the sun dies?" Although some of the questions had very involved scientific answers, they were still enjoyable to read and answered some questions that I've wondered about before myself!
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