- In the Shadow of Man--Jane Goodall
- Vinegar Hill--A. Manette Ansay
- The Intelligencer--Leslie Silbert
- The Brief History of the Dead--Kevin Brockmeier
- From Baghdad, With Love--Kopelman, Roth
And I just got a gift card to Barnes and Nobel!
Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. When she is given a task that no other community member can carry out, Kira soon realizes that she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world—and to find out what exists beyond it.Loved it! Once again, Lowry has created an “alternate” world after the destruction of our own many, many, many years earlier. This world though is one that has regressed. Sick or dying members of the community are dragged to the Field and are left there. If they have any children they are given away. Men go out for food, women stay home with the tykes. Before Kira is orphaned her mother and her just ate vegetables and fish they could catch from the stream. There was no man to hunt for meat since Kira’s dad had been killed by Beasts years earlier during a hunt. No one helps a widow and her crippled child. In their opinion that child should have been put in the Field after its birth.
Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes -- each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned -- becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.
Take 200 pages from this book and it would have been great! As it was, it went on forever. How much horror can a teenager take? Apparently 480 pages of it. Don’t get me wrong, I found the story very interesting and Fitch is a great write. Overall I liked it. I’m just still hung up on those 480 pages.
I would go into a little detail about everything that happens to this girl and her "strange" mother but really you need to read it for yourself.
My husband walked into the bedroom and said “I think you’ll like this book.” I asked him if he had read it and he said yes. He doesn’t read fiction so I decided to read it immediately. We are both high school teachers. He teaches social studies, I teach biology. We have both been to China, he has been to Korea and Thailand. As part of his grant to go to Korea he needed to read this book. He enjoyed it. This says a lot since he tends not to like fiction. His idea of a good time is watching 20/20 or Meet the Press.
In this classic tale, Richard Kim paints seven vivid scenes from a boyhood and early adolescence in Korea at the height of the Japanese occupation, 1932 to 1945. Taking its title from the grim fact that the occupiers forced the Koreans to renounce their own names and adopt Japanese names instead, the book follows one Korean family through the Japanese occupation to the surrender of the Japanese empire. Lost Names is at once a loving memory of family and a vivid portrayal of life in a time of anguish.
I had a post ready for today, but I liked this suggestion from Chris even better, so … thanks, Chris!
Here’s something for Valentine’s Day.
Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?
Since I don't really have any "favorite" authors I would have to say that Stephen King and I have just drifted apart. The Stand is one of my top 10 books. I'll read his books again. There are just others I would prefer to read now.