TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt, (c) 2013. This reading group book was bought at a thrift store for a mere dollar! I looked inside and it was a Margate City Public Library book taken out 11/05/2014, I even know who borrowed it. I could send it back I suppose. I looked them up and sent them a note! Margate is in New Jersey! How about that?
Well it looks like this book takes place in 1986 and deals with the new AIDS crisis, centering on fourteen year old June Elbus who along with her older sister Greta, sixteen, are having their portrait painted by their uncle Finn who is dying of AIDS. After Finn dies June notices a man at the funeral, and later she receives Uncle Finn’s Russian Teapot through the mail. Then she receives a note from a man named Toby who is also missing Finn. So I suppose she becomes friends with her uncle’s lover. It sounded like a heartwarming story. I’m only on page 14, but I do like this book!
NOTE: Did you notice no one ever talks about AIDS anymore? Please note that this book is kinda heartbreaking to read about death, and recovering from the death of a loved one with the Aids thing going on. It’s a cloudy overcast day and I feel like shedding a few tears now, but I’m half way done with the book, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. I finished this book today! I read about 200 pages. I have a little eye strain now!
NIGHT ROAD by Kristin Hannah (c) 2011. I guess I love coming of age novels. here’s another one of Kristin Hannah’s/ Her books are usually a good read and this one was also. This is the story of fraternal twins Mia and Zach and their best friend Lexi Baill a foster child who moves into their town with her great Aunt Emma in a trailer park. There’s a little tragedy involved that changes all their lives for the worst, but they all see it though.. it may take a while though. I highly recommend this one.
SPITE FENCES by Trudy Kirsher, (c) 1994. This old paperback I chose coincidentally involves racism form back in 1960. It’s an interesting coming of age novel about a 13 year old girl who doesn’t exactly get along with her mother. Magnolia (Maggie) Pugh is an open minded young woman who feels no hatred for the “colored” folk in Kinship, Georgia. This is her story.
DRIFTWOOD SUMMER by Patti Callahan Henry, (c) 2009. I just started this novel which takes place in mainly in Palmetto Beach, Georgia. A tale of three sisters Riley a single mom, Maisy who moved to California and fun loving Adalee who’s still attending college are called home when their mother falls down the stairs and breaks a few bones. They were supposed to come home celebrate their mother’s birthday and try to save the family bookstore. Mack Logan also returns to town that June. He was Riley’s best friend and Maisy’s teenage crush 13 years ago, but he chooses Maisy over Riley and the two sisters are driven apart. The sisters don’t get along for other reasons also and I don’t want to give the ending away.
THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE by Donna Everhart, (c) 2016. This was such a good book, but if you find descriptions of child abuse disturbing please don’t read it. This is a coming of age story and it was a good one. It takes place in the year 1971 in Alabama and New Hampshire. Dixie is a little liar, everyone knows she lies whenever she gets the chance. Her mom and dad don’t get along and when something tragic happens and Uncle Ray comes to stay for a while Dixie’s life is turned upside down in more ways than one. Folks don’t believe her when she finally tells the truth. There’s a few twists and turns in this book and I had a hard time putting it down.
CLOSE TO THE BROKEN HEARTED by Michael Hiebert, (c) 2014. This is Sylvie’s story, and she grew up in Alabama where she lived through the tragic murder of her little brother as he sat on their father’s lap. Of course Sylvie is a screwed up mess after that but she keeps calling the local police over and over again insisting that someone is trespassing on her property and one time even comes into the house when she’s not home. This was a real good book, don’t pass it up. A little bit psychological thriller, a little bit mystery..
WILD AT HEART by Patricia Gaffney, (c) 2002. This is a delightful book about a young widow named Sidney and who returns home from a tour of Europe to meet up with the “Wild Ma” The “Lost Man” her father and his college are studying. Slowly as he is being taught to be a civilized man he falls in love with Sidney and she with him. It’s a very nice story, I recommend reading it!
Here is the story of an autistic teenager name Christopher John Francis Boone, (c) 2003. This book was reprinted 62 times by 2003, it must have been popular. Christopher knows many facts about the world and number sequences but he feels no human emotions like we do, (hopefully). This is the story of a murder of a neighbor’s dog with a pitchfork. At first the cops think Christopher did it, since he removed the pitch fork and carried the dead dog to the owner, but the cops find out they were wrong. This odd young man didn’t kill the dog, but Christopher has decided to find out who did. It starts out interesting enough with the getting arrested for hitting a cop who touched him when he hates being touched by anyone. So his dad comes to get him and take him home. That is all I have read so far.I will finish this interesting book.