Wednesday, February 29, 2012
This week's pick: Spring Fever by Mary Beth Andrews
Product Description taken from Amazon:
The New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental delivers her delicious new escapist novel about small towns, old flames, and deep secrets
Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance. Maybe everything happens for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back. But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town. On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone. Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The anticipated debut of an original American voice, By the Iowa Sea is a wrenching, unsentimental account of the heartbreaks and ecstasies of marriage, fatherhood, and small-town life in the Midwest.After his first cross-country motorcycle trip, Joe Blair believed he had discovered his true calling. He would travel. He would never cave in to convention. He would never settle down. Fifteen years later, Joe finds himself living in Iowa, working as an air-conditioning repairman and spending his free time cleaning gutters, taxiing his children, and contemplating marital infidelity. “Our history,” he writes, “gains more weight day by day. And the future seems more and more unlikely to be anything cool at all.” Joe believes it would take an act of great faith or courage to revive in him the passion and promise that once seemed so easy to come by. What it takes, he discovers, is a disaster. When the Iowa River floods, transforming the familiar streets and manicured lawns of his neighborhood into a terrible and beautiful sea, he begins to question the path that led him to this place. Exquisitely observed and lyrically recounted, this is a compelling and often humorous account of an ordinary man’s struggle to live an extraordinary life. Joe Blair lays bare the moving, hopeful story of a river that becomes an ocean and a love that is lost and found again, by the Iowa Sea.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Our fourth author, Maribeth Boelts, has subbed for me in the past. She has written several books including Dogarella, Sleeping Bootsie and Those Shoes.
In addition to our authors, we are serving a Soul Food dinner to celebrate Black History Month. Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, black eyed peas, corn bread muffins and desserts are being served to our families free of charge. There will be samples of Bosnian, Latin American, and Burmese food.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
In 1856, Mormon converts, encouraged by Brigham Young himself, and outfitted with two-wheeled handcarts, set out on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, the promised land. The Martin Handcart Company, a ragtag group of weary families headed for Zion, is the last to leave on this 1,300-mile journey. Three companies that left earlier in the year have completed their trek successfully, but for the Martin Company the trip proves disastrous. True Sisters tells the story of four women from the British Isles traveling in this group. Four women whose lives will become inextricably linked as they endure unimaginable hardships, each one testing the boundaries of her faith and learning the true meaning of survival and friendship along the way.
There’s Nannie, who is traveling with her sister and brother-in-law after being abandoned on her wedding day.
There’s Louisa, who’s married to an overbearing church leader who she believes speaks for God.
There’s Jessie, who’s traveling with her brothers, each one of them dreaming of the farm they will have in Zion.
And finally, there’s Anne, who hasn’t converted to Mormonism but who has no choice but to follow her husband since he has sold everything to make the trek to Utah.
Sandra Dallas has once again written a moving portrait of women surviving the unimaginable through the ties of female friendship. Her rich storytelling will leave you breathless as you take this trip with Nannie, Louisa, Jessie, and Anne. This is Sandra Dallas at her absolute best.
Monday, February 13, 2012
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Saturday, February 4, 2012
My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson - Edwardson writes a novel based on her own husband's experiences at a boarding school far from his Arctic home. Luke's Iñupiaq name is impossible to say to outsiders, but that is what Luke feels like as he is forced to leave home and attend school. Eventually the people that Luke meets form a close bond, almost like family.
Here's list of January books read:
1. Louise's War by Sarah Shaber
2. Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
3. Defending Jacob by William Landay
4. R My Name Is Rachel by Patricia Reilly Giff
5. Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr
6. The Lost Saints of Tennesse by Amy Franklin-Willis
7. You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
8. When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl
9. War and Watermelon by Rich Wallace
10. The Absolute Value of Mike by Katherine Erskine
11. I Got This by Jennifer Hudson
12. Jack and Me by Danette Haworth
13. Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox
14. One Small Boat by Kathy Harrison
15. Unmeasured Strength by Lauren Manning
16. Love's Enduring Promise by Janette Oke
17. The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson
18. The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
19. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
20. Eddie's War by Carol Saller
21. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
22. Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
23. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith
24. My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
25. An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff
5 of these were non-fiction, 20 fiction
5 were written by male authors, 20 by females
12 were middle grade/YA books 13 were adult
9 were book I owned, 16 were library books
1 was read on my Kindle
Although February is off to a slow start, I just finished A Train in Winter this morning - an excellent book that I will be thinking about for quite some time.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I chuckled over Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Ten years ago my husband, our neighbor Esther and her daughter Salome formed a neighborhood book club. Things Fall Apart was Esther's pick, and we read it reluctantly. Looking back I feel bad about how little I wanted to read this title and the lack of effort put forth. I wonder if I would appreciate it more now.
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