- My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Lousia Young
This book took a bit to grow on me. I didn't invest in the characters immediately and was turned off by the narratives focused on the front. I am glad I kept going though, because I did grow to appreciate the characters. Young fleshes them out and explores the way the war (and society in general) impacts a varied group of individuals. Many of the characters have flaws but I came to appreciate them for their own knowledge of their imperfection. It did take time to get there, but I did become involved with their journeys (both individual and collective). It isn't a book I expect to revist and I'm again ending up on my 3.5 star review (of 5)...a solid and positive score from me and one that would have been rounded down in the early going but that I found myself coming around on in time and would conclude with a rounded up 4 stars.
- Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex by Erica Jong
As is usually the case with collections, there were pieces where I wanted more and pieces I could have done with out...which is kind of appropriate given the topic. I appreciated the frankness with which the authors wrote and the willingness to own their sexuality and desires that still makes note of how difficult taking ownership and talking honestly about sex can be, especially as women. I highly recommend the collection and happily give the anthology a full five stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the essay format makes it easy to read in pieces (I normally dislike short story collections so that's unique for me to enjoy).