It breaks my heart to see this list getting so short! It is tough to get a lot of reading done when you are the art teacher at a small rural k-12 school and there is a town festival with a parade, homecoming, a play and Book Character Day all in the same month! I don’t think I slept much in October. Between face painting, making a bazillion spirit sticks, making sure my students finished the set for the play and helping several kids with costumes for Book Character Day, reading was often the last thing on my mind. But I did manage to get three books finished and I am half way done with another which will appear on my November list. I hope you enjoy these books. I know I did!
From Jodi Picoult, one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction, comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish — and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence. Until the phone calls came at 3:00 A.M.on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily has been shot to death by her beloved and devoted Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact — leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.
I COULD NOT put this book down! A very touching story!
In this memoir, first published in 1970 and long out of print, Sanora Babb recalls her family’s attempt to practice dry-land farming in eastern Colorado in 1913. Leaving the relative security of a small town in Oklahoma, the mother of and two daughters travel by train and wagon to join the father and grandfather at their isolated dugout. Here, Senora (nicknamed Cheyenne) gradually comes to love her withdrawn grandfather and to appreciate the harsh beauty of the prairie environment. Cheyenne’s experiences range from rare encounters with other settlers to the constant threat of hunge to warm and mystical relationships with animals. They are related with a child’s sense of wonder and played out against the background of the plains–clear air, vast distances, rapid changes in light and shadow, and sudden, dangerous storms.
I enjoyed this story but the writing was not quite as fine tuned as I like. The story seemed a little choppy and disconnected at times.
Well there you have it! As always you can order these books through my Amazon store. Next month I have several exciting books to share. There are even SEVERAL that are NOT “pioneer” type books! Thanks for checking out my list!