Ingrid Rojas Contreras
2019 produced an extraordinary number of interesting fiction and new writers. Selecting my top picks was heavily dependent on the underlying story and pace of the story telling. I couldn’t limit my selections to just 5 books, but Lita followed the rules and made tough choices.
Both Lita and I started book clubs this year and each has the strict requirement that you must have read the book before speaking up.
Again, I read some interesting nonfiction, mostly selected by my all male book club. A big shout out to my friend Susan Rice and her book, Tough Love.
Please visit the website and provide me with your favorites and any comments on ours.
Barry Lawson Williams
Ilza's List is made each year in honor of my deceased mother, Ilza Berry Williams.
My mother was a New York City schoolteacher. She taught reading, then all subjects to special needs students, and then English as a second language to Spanish speaking students. She became a principal, and then the Deputy School System Administrator before retiring. She managed to read a book a day before she passed.
- Barry L. Williams