The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond is the true story behind the novel Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I read Before We Were Yours last year and it was one of my favorite books for the year. When I realized it was based on real people and events, I just had to read more. (#enneagram5here) This book tells the true story of Georgia Tann, the woman who single handedly shaped adoption into what it is today. Georgia was a master puppeteer, able to persuade politicians, lawyers, celebrities, and the Memphis elite at the time to follow her every whim. She turned adoption into a for-profit gig, made it trendy, and became a millionaire. Most horrifying was that she stole children, tricked parents into signing them over to her, and walked out of hospitals with infants whose mothers were told they were stillborn. She is both directly and indirectly the reason many babies didn’t survive infancy and why many, MANY children suffered much abuse in both temporary placements and adoptive homes.
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer – This book was SO GOOD! Historical fiction at its finest, in my opinion. Set in Poland during WWII and in modern day America, we follow young Alina in Poland as her family struggles to survive the war and as her future she had planned with fiancé Tomasz falls apart.
The Rainmaker by John Grisham was a Christmas gift from my parents. This legal thriller was published in 1995, and while some of the technology used was outdated (hello, car phones!) the story did not seem outdated at all.
Here is the second half of my favorite reads of 2019! Let me know which ones you've read and what you thought about them. I also need to add that these were in random order! I had someone ask how I decided to rank these and I didn't!
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates is historical fiction with a twist. Mostly prose with some otherworldly, allegorical elements thrown in. I absolutely loved the historical elements of this book (as much as you can love this heartbreaking subject matter), but I honestly could have done without the fantasy elements added in. Set in Antebellum Virginia on a tobacco farm that has seen better days, this book is about relationships, struggles, and memories. The sci-fi/fantasy elements were about accessing memories to "conduct" or teleport from one location to another described as "folding the land as a cloth," a power that Hi, the protagonist, shares with Harriet Tubman who makes an appearance in this book. While there are several characters who were based on real life people, most of this book is speculative fiction. I would recommended this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and is interested in learning more about this time period, but just be aware that you will be teleporting across state lines!
Happy reading! Molly