Archive for March, 2016

Clara and Mr Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

March 26th, 2016

51u1JZaWokL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Clara and Mr Tiffany : comes highly recommended!

“Anyone interested in Tiffany Studios, 1890-1910 NYC history, women’s rights would enjoy this fictional account of the woman who designed and built what are now valuable collectible items.

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle

March 16th, 2016

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (1996) the woman who walked into doorsis a powerful story of the battering of a woman’s soul.  The story begins innocently enough, but as Paula & her two sisters begin reminiscing, each has their own version of the past as children, then as teens.

Paula marries Charles (Charlo) Spencer.  What follows is the heartrending story of what we now call domestic violence.  Charlo is abusive—but Paula loves him.  Her drinking problem worsens.  Children are born to the marriage.

Roddy Doyle gives Paula Spencer a real & unforgettable voice that has the reader experiencing Paula’s vulnerability, but, then, also her strength.

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

March 9th, 2016

the year of the hareThe Year of the Hare is an international best-selling comic novel in which a man—with the help of a bunny—suddenly realizes what’s important in life.  Kaarlo Vatanen is a Finnish journalist (in Finland) who has a life-altering experience where he just up and leaves his boring existence and adventures through Finland. He and his unnamed hare have an unlikely pilgrimage, but without a destination, technically speaking.  You’ll have to pry yourself away from the story, if only to make some tea.

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

March 4th, 2016

salt to the seaThis book has earned much acclaim by reviewers for it is a masterfully written historical novel about a little-known facet in world history.  Ruta Sepetys follows six characters through their exodus from Germany in WWII to the sea and though we know what happens, we somehow cannot put this book down until we find a very satisfying ending.  Ms Sepetys has earned a respected name in youth historical fiction and that title is rightly given.  Though this book is listed as youth fiction and is geared for students twelve to seventeen, anyone who is interested in history and the lives of wonderful characters will enjoy this novel.  It has a little bit of everything: adventure, romance, history, and art theft.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

March 1st, 2016

the nightingaleThe Nightingale tells the story of two sisters; French women who live their lives around the WWII German invasion of their village.  A patron of GPL states that the way this is written is phenomenal, especially in the author’s descriptions.  Story and emotion is written so well that the reader actually feels the emotions of the characters. This heartbreakingly beautiful novel celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.