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One Last Stop Book Review

When we get on to the train or the bus to get to wherever we are going to, we don’t expect to find love. But sometimes, it finds us when we least expect it.

Casey McQuiston‘s new book, One Last Stop, was published in June. New Orleans native August has just moved to New York City to be alone. She rents a room in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush and lives with a motley crew of roommates. When August is not home, can either be found working at a local pancake restaurant or attending classes at Brooklyn College.

Her life changes when she meets 1970’s rocker chick Jane on the train. What starts a crush turns into something more. The problem is that Jane cannot leave the subway car. She has been stuck on the subway since the 1970’s. The only way to free Jane is for August to open up and not be afraid of looking back at her past.

To say that I was disappointed in this book is an understatement. I loved her first book. By themselves, the individual elements of this novel are fine. I loved the chemistry between August and Jane. The author perfectly captures the kinetic and sometimes less than glamorous reality that comes with living in NYC. The supernatural twist adds another level that is sometimes missing in the modern romance genre, regardless of the gender and/or sexuality of the lead characters.

The problem is that it is hard to read. It drags on to the point where I nearly put it down several times without finishing it. I did eventually get to the end, but not without feeling like I had pushed on a ten pound weight off my shoulders.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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The Yellow House Book Review

A house is more than the materials that were used to build the home. It is a place of comfort, love and a shelter from the storms that life can bring.

Sarah Broom is the youngest child of a large African-American family from New Orleans. Her new memoir, The Yellow House, is the story of her family and the house that they resided in from 1961 until 2005 when it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Her parents, Simon and Ivory Mae Broom, each had several children of their own from previous marriages when they married. Sarah is child number twelve. After her father’s death when she was an infant, her mother was determined to keep her home and her family together. As an adult, Sarah moved away from her home city, but it kept calling her back, even after her childhood home was no more.

I loved this book. In telling her family’s story and the story of the house that she grew up in, the author speaks to all of us. It is a story of a family, a story of a home and a story of a city.

I also appreciated that the reader is introduced to a part of New Orleans that most of us only knew because of the hurricane. When we visit a city, the natural inclination is to go to the standard tourist spots. We don’t think of visiting the neighborhoods that are not listed in the tourism books or the fliers found in the hotels.

I recommend it.

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