Whether you’re heading off on a tropical or snowy holiday, there are some great books to enjoy. We’ve got the reviews for Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen, In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin, and The Christmas Sisters by Elin Hilderbrand. These holiday reads will make your holiday more relaxing.
Review of Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen
Samantha Allen’s debut novel Patricia Wants to Cuddle follows a sasquatch who stalks a reality TV show. T-Rex is an avid poster on a fan forum for “The Catch,” which is a dating show where the contestants go missing one by one.
In Patricia Wants to Cuddle, Allen blends satire, social commentary, horror, and comedy to create a heartwarming romp. The novel is a satirical look at contemporary American media culture. Against a backdrop of dating competition shows like The Bachelor, it depicts women struggling to find love and to find the right person to cuddle with.
Samantha Allen’s novel is an entertaining and goofy tale of womanhood and body autonomy. Its characters are flawed, but aware of their flaws. Patricia Wants to Cuddle is an essential summer read.
Review of In a Holidaze by Samantha Allen
In a Holidaze by Samantha allen is a hilarious, uplifting novel about gender transition, family, and the quest to belong to “the chosen family.” Allen, an award-winning journalist, reveals the many twists and turns of gender transition through the lens of her own journey.
Samantha Allen is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University. Her works focus on contemporary women’s issues, race, and contemporary relationships. In addition to her work as an award-winning writer, she is also the Program Chair at Antioch University’s Low-Residency MFA program.
Review of In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Bruce Chatwin’s book In Patagonia is a fascinating story about life in the South American continent. As a child, Chatwin had an interest in the region, and it was during a visit to his grandmother’s home that he discovered a prehistoric animal skin. He grew up reading about this incredible place, and he went on to travel there as an adult. This book is filled with descriptions of life in the region, as well as relevant history.
This book is a novel about life in Patagonia and Chatwin demonstrates an amazing gift for storytelling. His characters and landscapes are strange and full of humor, and he is able to bring the melancholy and loneliness of Patagonia to life. This is not just another travelogue, it’s an unforgettable experience.
This book also features a rich history of Patagonia. While some of the stories are written from Chatwin’s perspective, most of them are based on historical events. The stories include tales of emigrants, English landowners, and foreigners who have made this region their home. There are even stories of anarchist revolutionaries and marxists. Moreover, Chatwin also features some real-life characters in the book, including Butch Cassidy, Charles Darwin, and Che Guevara.
Review of The Christmas Sisters by Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand is an author whose first novel, Here’s to Us, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by People magazine as “just what you need to read on a day by the sea.” She attended the Johns Hopkins University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she has lived on Nantucket for over twenty years. Elin Hilderbrand’s eighteenth novel, WINTER STORMS, is her latest.
As the title suggests, this book is a holiday novel. It is set on the Caribbean island of St. John, and is a nice change of scenery from Elin’s usual Nantucket setting. The story begins with a phone call informing Irene of her husband’s death. She immediately heads to the Caribbean island to come to terms with the tragic news.
This book focuses on two families who are separated by a family crisis. Harper and Tabitha are estranged, but they slowly learn that their bond is stronger than their rivalry. The story takes place in 1969, and the Foley-Levin family goes through many dramatic changes.