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Sea Prayer

October 7, 2018

aa bookThis slim volume by Khaled Hosseini addresses the heart-breaking plight of the Syrian families attempting to escape the horrible conditions of their homeland. It is a letter from a father to his young son, where he laments the fact that the boy is too young to have known the beautiful country he grew up in, and describes all the wonderful aspects of his (the father’s) childhood. Dan William’s beautiful illustrations are a perfect match to the text, and after reading Sea Prayer, one can’t help but feel incredible empathy for the Syrian refugees. Hosseini is donating his profits from the book to organizations serving refugees, an honorable gesture. A must read.

I Know You Know

October 6, 2018

aa bookGilly Macmillan’s latest mystery leaves the reader guessing until the last minute as to” whodunit”.    Twenty years ago, two young boys were murdered in England, and the novel opens in present day, with a skeleton having been found very close to the original burial site of the boys. A close friend of the two, Cody Swift, decides to create a podcast dealing with their deaths, in an attempt to re-open the case and find the true murderer of the boys. The young man who went to jail for their murders, Sidney Noyce, had recently committed suicide while in jail, but several people were convinced he was innocent of the crimes. So Cody begins to interview everyone associated with the boys, except for one boy’s mom, Jess, who refuses to speak to him. She cannot relive the horror that she endured back then. But there is more than meets the eye, and Macmillan is a master at creating suspense. I was guessing up until the very end as to who the culprit was. Highly recommended for mystery lovers.

The Lido

October 3, 2018

aa bookLibby Page is a British first time novelist who has penned a story about friendship and the importance of standing up for what you believe. The Brockwell Lido is an free outdoor swimming pool in South London where Rosemary has been swimming since she was a child during WWII (she is now 86!). But it is slated to be torn down, and replaced by an expensive gym exclusively for members only. So many fixtures have vanished: the library where Rosemary used to work, the nearby market that was family-owned, and the threat of the pool closing is the last straw. When she meets a young woman, Kate, who is writing the story for the local newspaper, Rosemary befriends her, and they continue the fight to save the beloved pool. Tune in to read “the rest of the story”. I was surprised to learn that there are several lidos in London, and they exist throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. Too bad the idea hasn’t been adopted here in the U.S.

Bridge of Clay

September 26, 2018

aa bookMarcus Zusak, author of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, has a new teen book being released on October 9, titled The Bridge of Clay. It is being touted in Amazon as “an unforgettable and sweeping family saga”. It’s the story of five brothers, the Dunbars, who help to bring each other up, since their mother is deceased and their father has disappeared. The title refers to one of the brothers, Clay, who will be responsible for building the metaphorical bridge referred to in the title. Booklist gives it a starred review. I am looking forward to reading this, stay tuned…

Women in Sunlight

September 5, 2018

111 bookThe author of Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes has written another great novel based in the region of Tuscany. Three vibrant women, Julia, Camille and Susan, all in their 60s or 70s, meet at a new over-fifty-five community in North Carolina, where they are considering a possible purchase. However, they really hit it off, and Susan offers them a stay at her beach house. From there, she persuades the others to split a yearly rental fee for a villa in Tuscany. They agree, and have the time of their lives living in Italy. Mayes’ descriptions of Tuscany will leave you wanting to visit and perhaps move there; the residents are friendly, and the food is delicious. The points of view move from one character to another, including a fourth: Kit Raines, a young poet who lives across the street and is befriended by the American ladies. All in all, a very enjoyable story with a satisfying ending.

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