The Secret Lives of Church Ladies | A Mug and a Book Recommendation with Crook in a Book
One of the things I love most about Jordan's book reviews is her ability to not only summarize the story in a succinct and meaningful way, but also focus on and describe the reader's experience, at least from her point of view. I find this invaluable when picking out a new book. Sometimes the topic or narrative of a book sounds really interesting but my head and my heart aren't in the right place to appreciate the story being told.
Enter The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. This collection of short stories is rich and full of rounded, thoughtful characters that have stuck with Jordan a whole year after she read these stories. I often read a collection of short stories in between novels. They give me a chance to spend quality time in a place with some new characters in shorter bursts.
We're pairing The Secret Lives of Church Ladies with Mug 12, a small mug that holds between 8-12oz, the perfect match for a short story. This is a simple, no frills mug made from our red stoneware that we source from Seattle Pottery Supply coated in a white glaze. Where the glaze thins, a little bit of the red clay peeks through, giving the mug nice amber details.
If you're interested in more short story collections, we highly recommend that you check out the fiction collection Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff and David Sedaris's collection of essays Me Talk Pretty One Day.