It's been a hot summer in Florida. During the steamy afternoons I've read lots of good books. The one that remains with me is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It made me laugh, cry and want to know these people better.
The story takes place in 1960's Mississippi when it's perfectly okay for Black domestic help to raise your children and care for your elderly but they can't use your bathroom or drink from your water glasses. What made this story so special is Stockett didn't demonize anyone. She just showed us a slice of history and created the most delightful characters that I've met in a long time.
I also enjoyed reading Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. It's an historical novel about a woman who loved and gave up everything to follow Frank Lloyd Wright. Her research made that time period (early 1900's) come alive for me.
The other book that stood out is P.D. Jame's The Private Patient. It isn't my favorite of her mysteries but the language is gorgeous and I read with the dictionary beside me.
I do want to add a male to the list so I'll include Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict. I thought it was his best mystery and especially interesting since Harry Bosch is a character but not the narrator.
I'd love to hear about the books that made your summer special.