Writers can be a hugely insightful bunch. A good novelist can tell you what’s going on inside the head of another human being at fifty yards. But when it comes to seeing the blindspots in our own self-awareness, novelists suck. Today, The Bookseller published a little summary of a radio interview with Robert Harris, who […]
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THE CAPTIVE HEART by Dale Cramer, (c) 2012. This story inspired by actual events in the author’s own family is a rather enjoyable book about an Amish family who moves from Ohio to Mexico where they put up with a lot of flack from Mexican bandits. I usually don’t read these Amish series of books because it’s depressing how they have rules to put an end to any creativity if you are an artist as I read in one story. I said “The heck with that!” It’s too depressing how the young artists was told not to paint.. very sas set of rules there.
Here are the books I’ve recently read but didn’t post since I was too busy.
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman about a girl in a coma.
THE PIECES WE KEEP by Kristina McMorris about a small boy with a cosmic connection the a WWII fighter pilot..
THE MEMORIES WE KEEP by Walter Zacharius about a WWII Polish Jewish girl who leads a rather exciting life.
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.