Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

The Book woman of Troublesome Creek

June 24, 2019

indexThis was a real eye opener for me. It takes place in 1930 Kentucky and relates the efforts of the “Pack Horse ” librarians, as they were called, to deliver the printed word to their patrons. They were almost all female, and rode horses and mules in every weather imaginable and across hundreds of miles at times. Young Cussy Mary becomes one to feed her father and herself, and enjoys the work immensely. She has led a difficult life: she had an abusive husband, was almost raped by his brother, and is at the mercy of the townspeople, since she was a “blue”. A local doctor ran tests on Cussy or Bluet, as he called her and discovered that she had a condition known as methemoglobinemia. Due to a recessive gene, the blood contains less oxygen and is a more brownish color, causing the person’s skin to have a blue color. Blues in that area were regarded as being lower than any other person of color and discriminated against terribly. Kim Michelle Richardson tells a fascinating story about the hardships and joys of living in Appalachia.

The Mother-in-Law

June 20, 2019

The Mother-in-Law  A family drama set in Australia, “The Mother-in-Law” begins with the death of Diana Goodwin.  Lucy Goodwin married into the family and has never been close to her mother-in-law.  A cold, distant woman, Lucy hasn’t been able to figure out why Diana doesn’t like her.  The police claim her death appears to be a suicide, but Lucy’s husband, Ollie (Diana’s son) can’t find a reason she would make such a decision.  As each chapter unfolds, we learn about Diana’s tough teenage years that carved her tough exterior.  We learn about her troubled daughter, Nettie, who is growing more and more unhappy when she doesn’t get pregnant. We learn about the financial predicament of Ollie when Diana’s will brings more unexpected news.  Lucy is a likable character confused by the events following Diana’s death and struggling to be a mother to her three children as her family is blindsided by Diana’s sudden death.

Battle of the Books Grades 6+

June 18, 2019


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The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

June 17, 2019

bookDid you ever wonder who makes the gowns for England’s royal weddings? Jennifer Robson set out to write a novel about the years following the World War II. She discovered that during that period, everyone was most excited about the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, and Robson uses this event for the basis of her novel. Her two main characters, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, are embroiders working for Norman Hartnell, the gown designer. I found this story fascinating; the main characters are based on an interview that Ms. Robson had with an woman who actually worked at Hartnell’s on the gown for Princess Elizabeth. As with all historical fiction, the sections of the story based on actual events leave the reader with a bird’s eye view into that time period. Definitely recommended for fans of the British royals.

Death in Provence

June 13, 2019

If you like an atmospheric, cozy mystery then try “Death in Provence.” 50-something Penelope Kite has relocated to Provence, France from England following a divorce. Impulsively buying a run-down home delivers a dead body in the swimming pool on her first day. Having retired from the British Home Office, Penny has some experience solving crimes and does not make herself welcome when she decides to do some crime solving on her own. Death in Provence: A Novel (Penelope Kite Book 1) by [Kent, Serena]   Once she finally manages to get her electricity and water up and running, Penny begins to get to know the locals.  Her estate agent proves to be both a help and nuisance as she shows up unexpectedly at odd times.  Will Penny ever get to relax and enjoy her glass of rose at sunset without dead bodies turning up on her property? Pick up this mystery and find out.

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