This month's book club pick was The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. I was really excited to read this book, because I have never read one of Kingsolver's books. Everyone I know that has says they are great. Characters in the story included Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who I learned a lot about in college. I thought this book was pretty good. I really liked the main character, Shepherd. He grew up in Mexico with his mother, and eventually became the cook for the Rivera household. He was also a cook/secretary for Leon Trotsky, who sayed with the Rivera during his exile from Russia. Toward the end of his life, he moved back to the states and became a successful writer. He became a product of his surroundings by the end of the story for sure, and that was sad. The way that Kingsolver writes completely lets you into the Shepherd's mind. I was really captured, and I liked him. One of the things I really liked about this book was the way it contrasted Mexico and the United States during the World War II era. It was interesting to read about the differences between the people and the governments of these two countries. Also, if Shepherd could have had more love affairs with dudes on the down low, I would have appreciated that too.