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Spring Titles for You, Yes, You!

March 24, 2021 in Books

10032672I just finished reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and I’m here to tell you that you should probably read it so that we can pass notes, by which I mean flowers. The writing in The Language of Flowers is strong, and Diffenbaugh’s pacing is on point, flipping back and forth as she tells the story of Victoria Jones, modern day misfit, orphan, foster child, and ne’er do well (I’m not sure if she’s a ne’er do well, but I wanted to call her that. And did. So today is quite satisfying already.)

Whether or not you take to Victoria (and most socially adjusted people won’t, at least at first), you will be entranced by how she slowly unveils the Victorian art of message through flower. Bouquets and flowers were once upon a time imparted with meaning, and the novel tells you bit by bit what those meanings were. (“Lily” was majesty, in case you were wondering.) This is a book we’ll hear much about in the coming months because it’s ties a thread between past and present. In a world that’s moving so fast, it takes a moment to stop and embrace what the world was like when people put deep thought into their interactions, their exchanges, and their romances.

Read another review of The Language of Flowers from our friend Jennifer Lyn King at Great New Books here.

The book got me thinking of other spring-y titles, so if you’re feeling oh so floral yourself consider these. Disclaimer, I haven’t screened them all, but I intend to dive into some and you might want to check them out if you’re feeling somewhat thematic, too!

-Lilly

Books:

  • White Oleander, Janet Fitch
  • Flowers in the Attic, VC Andrews (oh yes, I did)
  • The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
  • The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
  • Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach
  • Sky of Red Poppies, Zohreh Ghahremani

Movies:

  • Singing in the Rain
  • War of the Roses
  • Hope Springs
  • Spring Breakers
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Steel Magnolias

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