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Bklyn Bookmatch Exploring Women's Lives and Relationships

Fiction and nonfiction through the lens of women's lives, art, work, and relationships.

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Optic nerve

Gainza, María, 1975- author. |

Blending fiction, personal essay, and art history, this debut is a "completely original book" (Mariana Enríquez), "reminiscent of John Berger's Ways of Seeing" (Claire-Louise Bennett), about an Argentinian woman obsessed with art.

From scratch : A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

Locke, Tembi, author. |

Publishers Weekly: Actress and TEDx speaker Locke movingly describes the process of grieving and finding solace during three summers in Italy after the death of her husband. As a 20-year-old college exchange student in Florence in 1990, Locke, an aspiring actress, fell in love with chef Saro. His traditional Sicilian family disapproved of their interracial relationship (she is black), yet the couple married after a two-year long-distance relationship, eventually moving to Los Angeles, where they adopted a daughter; during a trip to Sicily two years later, the families reconciled. Saro, who had been battling a rare form of cancer for a decade, died in 2010; Locke spent the next three summers in Sicily with Saro’s mother making family recipes, experiencing the close-knit community, and embracing the wisdom of generations (she cooked alongside Saro’s widowed mother, who advised her simply to “Rest, you must rest”). Locke writes of coming to recognize that love comes in many forms and that “sometimes it can look like letting go, but it can also look like never letting go.” She concludes with more than a dozen Sicilian recipes that filled her with memories of Saro. Locke’s raw and heartfelt memoir will uplift readers suffering from the loss of their own loved ones. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 01/31/2019)


Delia Ephron. |

With her inimitable psychological astuteness, and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none can see coming.

Swimming to Elba

Silvia Avallone ; translated by Antony Shugaar. |

In a failing industrial town on the coast of Italy during a summer when they discover their budding sexuality, adolescents Anna and Francesca are separated by a test of their friendship and eventually discover that they must reconnect to escape small-town destinies.

The care and feeding of ravenously hungry girls

Gray, Anissa, author. |

The fiction debut of recognized journalist and senior editor at CNN Worldwide. When their formidably strong-willed eldest sister is arrested, abruptly transitioning their family from respectability to disgrace, two younger sisters confront complicated dynamics in their family and identities to uncover what really happened.