“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins

I woke up this morning and thought, “Let me just read for, like, 15 minutes before I get out of bed. So I rolled over and grabbed American Dirt. Fast forward three hours, and I had finished the entire book.

Jeanine Cummins’ vivid and stunning story follows a Mexican family who are rocked by narcos violence and the survivors’ arduous journey to cross the border into the U.S. It’s eye-opening, suspenseful and totally engrossing. Suffice it to say, Oprah’s Book Club does it again.

THE FINAL WORD: You know when someone says a book was so good, they couldn’t put it down? This is one of those books. In other words, don’t pick it up if you don’t have three hours to spare.