Introducing the BSH Book Club
Time to kick off our summer reading!
Welcome to the offseason, folks! The playoffs are starting to wind down, the draft is drawing ever nearer by the day, and before you know it, we'll be deep in the true doldrums of the summer and left to figure out what the heck we're supposed to be doing with all of this free time on our hands. In our search to find an actual hobby, and inspired by our new Everything Is Sports section, we've decided to kick off a whole new project for the summer. As our headline probably tipped you off, we're here to introduce the BSH Book Club!
The concept is pretty simple – it is just another book club after all – each month(ish) we'll pick out a book to read, take some time to read it, and then all meet back up to chat about it in article form.
And as far as what we're going to be reading, well, that's where it gets really collaborative. We've pulled a few suggestions from our staff members here, we'll be dropping descriptions of them below, and we're asking for your help voting for what our book of the month will be. We'll provide an update on the final selection when the votes are in, for any of you dear readers who would like to read along with us at home, then we'll reconvene in a few weeks with thoughts and feelings from our staff, and with an open forum to hear your thoughts as well! So, without further ado, here's our first round of choices (with blurbs from good old Goodreads):
Our Wives Under The Sea- Julia Armfield
Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep-sea mission that ended in catastrophe. It soon becomes clear, though, that Leah is not the same. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has brought part of it back with her, onto dry land and into their home.
Moving through something that only resembles normal life, Miri comes to realize that the life that they had before might be gone. Though Leah is still there, Miri can feel the woman she loves slipping from her grasp.
Night Boat to Tangier- Kevin Barry
In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen — Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs — sit at night, none too patiently. It is October 23, 2018, and they are expecting Maurice’s estranged daughter (or is she?), Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today.
Crying in H Mart- Michelle Zauner
A memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
Michelle Zauner tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.
As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.
We've got three great options, and surely it will be difficult to choose, but we're asking you to give it a go. What's the first month vibe looking like?