I promise this isn’t going to turn into a book blog but I have enjoyed so many great books lately and want to be sure I share them here with you here! Especially as we head into the summer months, I know we will all be looking for some great reads. So I am playing catch up on what I’ve been reading while I am busy with the One Room Challenge work over the next couple of weeks.
It had been way too long since I picked up a historical fiction and after hearing lots of great reviews decided it was time to read Horse. Horse is a story about the famous race horse named Lexington that spans from the Antebellum 1850’s to today. But it so much more than a horse story! It weaves in history, art, horse racing, love, politics and really makes you think. I loved reading so much about horses and it was interesting to get a little peak into how the Smithsonian works. Also- I absolutely LOVE the cover!
Add it to your bookshelf here ==> HORSE
Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.
New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.
Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse—one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.
Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.
You can catch up on all the past books “ON MY SHELF” here!
WHAT I’M READING || 2023 Reads
January: All Good People Here
February: Where the Forest Meets the Stars
March: The Push
Remarkably Bright Creatures
One Italian Summer
A Man Called Ove
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
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