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Grace Notes

Hi! Grace Harper from Mac's Backs here. Welcome to my blog!

I have been working at Mac's Backs since 2001, and am currently facilitator of Mac's Backs book club. We meet monthly to discuss literary fiction and non-fiction. 

I'll be posting on the first of each month with reviews, previews, commentary, and links to articles on all things bookish.

Enjoy!


 

 

 

OCTOBER GRACE NOTES

Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a great work of historical fiction. This month we look at Maggie O'Farrell's rich new novel -

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

    Hamnet Shakespeare’s sliver of a life ended at age eleven, probably due to bubonic plague. While his name appears on the cover of Maggie O’Farrell’s (I Am I Am I Am) latest novel, the book is really about his mother, Agnes.

August Grace Notes

This month, we focus on the work of Latinx writers. The rich trove of books by authors and poets from Spanish-speaking countries and the U.S is one well worth diving into. We begin with one of our book club favorites - 

Review -

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

July Grace Notes

One thing that we hear repeatedly from many customers the past couple of months is that they are having a hard time focusing on reading. Maybe it’s the underlying stress of living in uncertain times, maybe it’s the lack of structure and the ennui inherent in having an entire day yawning in front of you with no social commitments. 

June Grace Notes

It's Pride Month! Celebrate all things LGBTQ+ with some great reads by queer authors. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

Review - On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

    Whew! What words can possibly be used to describe this book when the author has already used the most beautiful ones?

May Grace Notes

In these weird days of social distancing, I've been reading a lot of historical fiction. It's a great source of escape, comfort, and perspective to read about how people dealt with and overcame adversity in the past. Here's a great one that came out a couple of months ago - 

Review - The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

April Grace Notes

When I began, way back at the beginning of March, thinking of a theme for this month’s blog post, coronavirus was just some background noise in newsfeeds. Now that we are in nearly full shutdown mode, the world is a different place. We need to come up with new ways of working, of going about the everyday logistics of life, and of relating to those around us from a safe distance. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. We miss all of our customers and look forward to the day when we can open our doors again and welcome you all in.

March Grace Notes

BOOK REVIEW - GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER BY BERNARDINE EVARISTO

This kaleidoscopic novel spins us through the lives of twelve Black British women, each with a clear, fierce voice. Their stories intertwine, spanning centuries. From beleaguered school teacher Shirley, to flamboyant playwright Amma, to nonbinary social media maven Megan/Morgan, the characters leap off the page.

February Grace Notes

THE CRYING BOOK BY HEATHER CHRISTLE

Crying is one of the most human things that we do. It is an all-purpose activity. We cry to express grief, joy, anger, fatigue, frustration. Those of us who cry easily are in constant struggle to not only control our tears but to understand the very nature of them and the reasons behind them.