If you travelling this Easter weekend, here’s some great new releases to keep you entertained on that long train trip or day on the beach. Take a browse through my recommendations for the best spring books for 2015.
This is the beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring memoir from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. It’s an epic look at growing up in California in the 60s, coming of age in New York in the 70s, navigating Sonic Youth’s slow rise to fame in the 80s and 90s. I took so much away from this book about art, feminism, motherhood and the music industry – I’ve found myself quoting it for all sorts of reasons in the last few weeks!
This is an engaging story set in Yorkshire during the 70s the author’s debut. It focuses around Ricky, a working-class boy teenage boy who works as a soda-pop delivery driver and is slowly coming out at a time when homosexuality had only just been legalised in the UK. The book is structured around the events that occurred during the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, but this all unfolds in the background as it would have for most teenagers during this time. This is a quietly paced, touching story. I really enjoyed it.
This is a book about friendships that are born when travelling. Opening in 1993, two British men in their early 20s at a backpacker hostel in California. They form an unlikely friendship and decide to see more of the USA together, which leads to a situation occurring with a young woman that will haunt them both as their friendship continues over the coming decades. Seeing the characters mature into their sense of responsibility felt incredibly familiar to me. It’s a wonderful story about masculinity, class, and friendship.
I’m not a massive thriller fan but this one had so much hype I just had to check it out. A woman in her early 30s travels past her old home on a train to London every day and is more than a little curious to see how the lives of the current residents are. So when a woman from the street goes missing, she feels compelled to get involved. This book is gripping and well-paced with an interesting perspective on domestic violence, alcoholism and an unreliable narrator. It’s the perfect story to dive into if you want something to hold your attention for a long journey.