Arnett's characters really captivated me -- they're flawed, but sympathetic, in spite of their messiness. Set in Florida, the novel follows Sammie, the protagonist, through difficult (to say the least) relationships with her son Samson and her wife Monika. Despite the dark subject matter, the book manages to be deeply funny at times as well. A truly compelling read!
Kristen Radtke opens Seek You, her work of graphic nonfiction, with an author’s note in which she writes: “I don’t know what loneliness will feel like for you when you’re holding this book,” acknowledging that in the middle of the pandemic, the meaning and experience of loneliness has changed for many of us. Radtke’s book was years in the making, though, and her careful research shows as she weaves together scientific research on loneliness with personal experience and stories from others. Radtke’s words and drawings together create a feeling of intimacy between author and reader, trying to open space for a broader conversation around loneliness, which she calls “one of the most universal things any person can feel.” It’s gorgeous and thoughtful, and I’d highly recommend it, even if you’re not usually one for graphic novels/nonfiction.
Peppler provides all the recipes you could possibly need to host a dinner party the French way, as well as tips about selecting wine, cooking for a group, stocking your kitchen and more. The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are well-written, making the process of prep, cooking, and assembly a breeze. While most of the recipes are meant to serve a crowd, they are easy to scale down as well. The pork chops with apricot jam, golden raisins, olives, and kale is a particular hit!