Current reads

Friday, June 1, 2007

May reads

Remembering Sarah by Chris Mooney 4* the book is about the effects on a man after his daughter disappears, I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.

TallGrass by Sandra Dallas 5* this book shows the effects on a small town caused by a Japanese internment camp during WWII

Blindness by Jose Saramago haven't been able to finish yet. Such an interesting concept (blindness that is contagious), but it gets so depressing and the writing style is very hard to get through. I picked it up and read some more yesterday because I DO want to finish, it's just hard to read. I don't often put a book down and come back to it, but this is one I do think I will eventually finish.

The Only Girl in the Car by Kathy Dobie 3* coming of age memoir....lots of teen angst, nothing new

The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle 2* about a woman who's husband is abusive....

The Memoir Club by Laura Kalpakian 3.5*, started out as a 4* book but the last 30 or so pages went downhill and became's about several women in a memoir writing class

Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward 4* very good story told from 3 different viewpoints, a woman on death row, the wife of the man she killed and the doctor who takes care of her in prison

Breathing Water by T. Greenwood 3*

Sophie's Choice by William Styron 3*, book basically about a young woman during WWII, part of this book was a 5* book, but other parts were 2*.....I thought the parts about Sophie were excellent, but Stingo IMO was boring.....

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss 2.5*, confusing but good enough that I wanted to finish

Sky Bridge by Laura Pritchett 4* a young girl has to raise her sister's baby after she leaves town

They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch 4* a true story about a boy in and out of orphanages and foster homes in the 50's

The Water and the Blood by Nancy Turner 4* about woman in the workforce and racial tensions during WWII

A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin 3* a lot like The Water and the Blood, but not quite as good

White Girl by Kate Manning 3.5* an interesting look at a bi-racial couple's relationship and the stress involved, the ending infuriated me!

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See 4* an in depth look into a different culture

Family History by Dani Shapiro 3*, once again would have been a 4* book but the ending was horrible. it's about the devestation to a family when their teenage daughter becomes mentally ill.