This week’s “On Her Shelf” comes to you from Amina Elahi, the editor behind Paper/Plates. Amina’s blog is my go to for book recommendations, book and food pairings, and discovering new bloggers. She presents literature and food in such a delicious manner, I’m completely envious! After reading her review of Flight Behavior, I was so happy that she chose to review it for On Her Shelf.
What is the last great book your read and why?
The last great book I read was Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. It combines an important message about climate change with a fascinating glimpse at an unhappy woman and her struggling family. In the opening pages, the protagonist comes across a mysterious — and ostensibly miraculous — swarm of butterflies on her family’s property. As she unravels their secret, she learns more about the world and herself than she could’ve expected. As an homage to her transformation, I recommend pairing the book with spiced sweet potato spread.
Would you recommend this book? If so, to whom?
I would absolutely recommend Flight Behavior. It’s a great book for readers who enjoy emotional stories about women discovering their own strength, but also for those interested in the conflict between religion and science, or those simply wondering what the life of Appalachia’s rural poor might be like.
If you liked this book so much, that you wanted your everyday attire to reflect it, what would you wear and why?
I’d want products that are practical and durable, but still beautiful. And in honor of the Monarch butterflies in the novel, I’d include pops of orange.