Capital Region Reads: ‘The Vanishing Half’ and ‘Untamed’


As winter deepens, and many are spending more and more time inside thanks to the pandemic, we’ve got a few book recommendations from Susan Flint, a librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, to keep the boredom at bay. 

“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett 

Twin sisters Stella and Desiree Vignes were inseparable growing up in Mallard, Louisiana in the 1960s. They dreamed of a life beyond their small town of black residents with light skin, where their father was lynched and their mother worked as a housekeeper for white families. When the sisters sneak away to New Orleans as teenagers, Stella discovers that she can pass as white. As they move into adulthood each sister makes decisions that lead them down very different paths, fracturing their relationship forever. 

This moving story about sisterhood, motherhood, and the ties that bind us to family, is a wonderful read for a cozy winter weekend.

“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle 

Rarely does a book come along that is widely thought to have the potential to change lives. This powerful newest release by Glennon Doyle explores what it means to be a woman in today’s world. It encourages readers to stop trying to meet the perceived expectations of others, and start listening to their inner selves. It is filled with humorous accounts from Ms. Doyle’s own life that make us laugh out loud, while the same time instilling a much deeper insightful message. This award-winning book sold over one million copies in less than 20 weeks, and it is on bookshelves everywhere, for a reason.


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