A must read with unforgettable characters and a suspenseful narrative. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old, finds his life in turmoil after the sudden death of his mother. With no responsible relatives to care for him, he finds himself isolated physically and emotionally. This is a book you will not want to put down. –review by Karen
A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA
Anthony Marra’s first novel and winner of The Pushcart Prize. In Chechnya, a land engulfed in war, eight year old Havaa watches from the woods as her father is abducted by Russian soldiers. A story about people caught in the middle of a war torn environment and finding humanity in unexpected places. A powerful novel. –review by Karen
A fictionalized account of the life of Hildegard von Bingen, one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages. She was given to the Church at the age of eight by her noble family and sequestered with another young girl in a small room for many years. Her time behind these walls and her much fought for release into the world to ultimately earn her place in history is brought to life in this well researched and insightful account. This book is an accessible way to learn more about this saintly woman. I was engrossed from the first page. Historical Fiction at its best. –review by Karen
This intense novel follow Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about–until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, but when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. A great read and a good candidate for book club discussion.
THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY
A beautiful story of a mixed race young girl and the love she finds in her grandmother’s home in Portland, Oregon, after the loss of her Swedish mother. A first novel by this author. I look forward to more.
Inside view of the life of a champion tennis player and the world of professional tennis. You don’t have to be a tennis player or even know much about the game to thoroughly enjoy this book. You will never watch a professional tennis match in the same way.
BORN TO RUN
Engaging book about marathon ultra-running, culminating in a match between the Americans and the world’s best runners, theTarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon.