• Becky Bechhold

Bad weather = more reading


The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard is an illuminating read relating the story of a group of Blacks in Chicago in the early 1900's and how they transition from house workers to independent lives in spite of overt racism, exploitation, and dishonesty. The last half becomes a bit complicated with intersecting storylines but ultimately a bold work from this author. A-













The Widow Nash was my introduction to author Jamie Harrison and I thought she was terrific. That novel is set in Montana in 1904, her new novel, The Center of Everything is in the same geographic setting, but a current time frame. Harrison gives us a family saga with memory, loss, and love challenging how we view our past. Beautifully evocative of the Montana landscape and fully developed characters in a multi-generational story. A-











Creepy. But parts of Bloodline by Jess Lourey are close enough to current headlines to be believeable. Missing children, a journalist who has married into a small town family, extreme religious beliefs... Fast, chilling read. B+
















I was reluctant to read this, another book about poorly behaved rich people, but The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington was much better than I expected. Not as stereotypical as feared and characters and plotlines were engaging. Not a tour de force, but a solid read and if you are familiar with Nashville you will appreciate the Belle Meade setting. And everyone will recognize the dirty politics. B+

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