In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.”

This nonfiction classic spurred the revolution of what has become the true-crime phenomenon. The pioneering true story follows two ex-cons, their murderous actions, and the investigation that ultimately brought them down. Perhaps having high expectations for this book is what led to my perceptions of mediocrity. Perhaps I have read too much nonfiction lately. Perhaps I have been desensitized by the true-crime stories that have followed it. Or perhaps I just didn’t like the slow southern storytelling which really irritated me. Regardless, I did appreciate the story. It just didn’t blow me away, and I wanted it to. Three stars.

This is How It Always Is

This is How It Always IsThis is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“For my child, for all our children, I want more options, more paths through the woods, wider ranges of normal, and unconditional love.”

Exceptional. This unprecedented story tells the heartwarming tale of a transgender child and her poignant journey of self-exploration. It is a beautiful story of parental love and family dynamics that examines what it really means to be who you are meant to be. Sweet and sentimental, this book is a MUST read for teens and adults. Highly recommended. FIVE STARS