The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
I love historical fiction–especially immigration stories and I love books that follow their characters though out their entire lives. And that is exactly what this book is. But it was totally not what I expected and it was fantastic! The story follows a young Russian immigrant from her voyage to America at 6 years old all the way to her legal troubles at age 70+. It’s not your average all-your-dreams-come-true-in-America immigration story. It’s so much better than that. Go get it. Read it. Now.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
This was one of the “hot books of summer” according to social media and blogs everywhere. And the cover is just adorable! The book itself was ok. I read the whole thing and it entertained me. But it wasn’t really anything spectacular. I did really like the way it was set up though. Each chapter is a day of the vacation–so rather than Chapter 1, 2 etc., the book is set up as Day 1, 2 and so on. I liked that. I also really liked the size of the book. It was nice to hold. So I give the packaging a 10 and the story a respectable 7.