Well this was an interesting month for reading. I had some bummer books and some really fabulous reads! After some reader suggestions, in this months reading list you will see a few changes. First, I will give a little blurb about what each book is about. Secondly, I will rate each book on a scale of 1 star to 5 stars. Please keep in mind though that we all have different opinions and you may love something that I hated.
If you have any suggestions for books you would like me to read and review please leave a comment or email me. If I can find the book at the local bookstore or my library I will give it a try.
Drowning Ruth was an interesting and quick read. Taking place in 1919 this book tells the story of a woman and her sister and the secrets that bind them together. Love, death, lust, sorrow and happiness spin throughout this story and keep you wondering until the end what really did happen. The story will keep you on your toes.
I found the constant switching between characters to be a little confusing at times but it was an interesting story.
* While I was Gone – Sue Miller
Jo Becker has every reason to be content. She has three dynamic daughters, a loving marriage, and a rewarding career. But she feels a sense of unease. Then an old housemate reappears, sending Jo back to a distant past when she lived in a communal house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Drawn deeper into her memories of that fateful summer in 1968, Jo begins to obsess about the person she once was. As she is pulled farther from her present life, her husband, and her world, Jo struggles against becoming enveloped by her past and its dark secret.
I did not enjoy this book much at all. The story was long winded, predictable and just did not hold my interest. I struggled greatly to get through this book.
****1/2 My Antonia – Willa Cather
The moving portrait of an orphan boy and immigrant girl who find hardship — and love — on the American prairie.
That really describes it well. I can not believe I have not read this book before! I love books about this American Prairie yet for some reason it never before occurred to me to read this American Classic. The story is refreshing and well told. Being told from the male perspective offers a different twist to many of the pioneer tales out there. I loved this book and read it cover to cover in a day!
*** Stone Creek – Victoria Lustbader
In the small town of Stone Creek, a random encounter offers two lonely people a chance at happiness. Danny, a young widower, and Lily who has left her workaholic husband back in the city meet and find solace and respite in each other upsetting a precarious balance between joy and despair, between what cannot happen . . . and what must.
A well written and interesting story, although somewhat predictable. I enjoyed this book as a fun summer read. There were a few sexually explicit scenes and some language that I found unnecessary.
****1/2 Still Life with Chickens – Catherine Goldhammer
In this beautifully written and frequently funny memoir, Catherine Goldhammer, newly separated, along with her twelve-year-old daughter, starts life anew in a cottage by the sea, in a rustic town where live bait is sold from vending machines. Partly to please her daughter and partly for reasons not clear to her at the time, she begins this year of transition by purchasing six baby chickenswhose job, she comes to suspect, is to pull her and her daughter forward out of one life and into another. An unforgettable story filled with hope and grace, Still Life with Chickens shows how transcendent wisdom can be found in the most unlikely of places.
I found this book very charming!
***** Little Heathens – Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Little Heathens offers a loving but realistic portrait of a “hearty-handshake Methodist” family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures. Recounted in a luminous narrative filled with tenderness and humor, Kalish’s memoir of her childhood shows how the right stuff can make even the bleakest of times seem like “quite a romp.”
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I think this was my favorite of the month and one of the best of the summer! The stories were quick, cute and captivating. There were so many great tips, recipes and ideas all mixed into this beautiful memoir. The ONLY drawback was that the author assumes that the reader has never tasted home-grown veggies, used an outhouse, or slept in a bed made with sheets that hung on a clothesline. I think with the current green/sustainable living trend a lot more people have done these things than the author gives credit to. That being said it was a very lovely book.
***** MaryJanes Farm Magazine
MaryJanes Farm magazine now comes out 6 times a year! Each issue is jam packed with all kinds of green living tips, sewing and crafting projects, gardening ideas and etc. This months issue even has plans to build a fantastic green house for less than $150!
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