Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reading - Shadow of the Leopard

Shadow of the Leopard by Henning Mankell

A Junior Fiction



Readers met Sofia previously in Secrets in the Fire, when, at the age of 9, she lost her legs in a land mine explosion.

Now Sofia is almost 20 and pregnant with her third child. Armando, the father of her children, travels to the city to work, coming home on weekends. One Saturday Armando is very late, and as he stands in the shadows beyond the firelight, Sofia knows he is hiding something from her. She makes her way to town to find out what he is doing …

… and is devastated to discover that he is involved with another woman. Sofia ends their relationship, but suffers terribly in the face of Armando’s rage. In a heart-rending conclusion Armando’s life unravels, and Sofia must return to her village to raise her children without him.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Reading - Little Nothings 3: Uneasy Happiness

Little Nothings 3: Uneasy Happiness by Lewis Trondheim

A Comic Strips


Trondheim’s comics blog’s next collection of his popular musings on the every day ironies of life, his little anxieties, funny observations while on travel, his way of finding some cloud over the brightest sunshine, his obsessive hypochondria and other oh-so-easy-to-relate-to nerdy preoccupations. As he says himself, it’s whole lotta not much. And people are lovin’ it.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Reading - It Shouldn't Happen (to a Dog)

It Shouldn't Happen (to a Dog) by Don Freeman

A Comic Strips



Army life didn't agree with GI Albert C. Bedlington, Jr. He felt like he was always crawling on all fours, and one day when the very thing he'd feared for months finally happened — he had become a dog! The fellas all recognized him, so he carried on as usual, going on a furlough, visiting the USO, getting in and out of trouble, and serving with the K-9 corps.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Reading - The Virgin Blue

The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier




Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin—two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy.

When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family’s French ancestry. As the novel unfolds—alternating between Ella’s story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier—a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Reading - Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier


It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

When Griet goes to work as a maid in the home of the city's most renowned painter, she is expected to know her place.  But in the Vermeer household, dominated by his mercurial wife and her formidable mother, Griet soon catches the eye of the master.  Captivated by Griet's quiet manner, intuitive spirit, and fascination with art, Vermeer begins to draw her into his world - a rarefied place of exotic color and dazzling light, shifting shadows, and unimaginable beauty.

As Griet becomes a vital part of Vermeer's work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and even, as the scandal seeps out, ripples in the town beyond.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Reading - The Road of Bones

The Road of Bones by Anne Fine



In school, Yuri is taught that the revolution liberated his country. He learns how the new leaders are always working for the greater good. But the truth is that life for his family and those around him is a brutal, poverty-stricken struggle. The government does nothing except punish those who protest. And one day, to his shock and horror, Yuri himself is branded an “enemy of the state” simply for dropping a few careless words.

The Road of Bones as an adventure-escape story set in “a sort-of Russia, in a sort-of 1930s, under a Stalin-type leader.” This chilling political thriller follows the frantic footsteps of a teenager on the run, a criminal who hasn’t committed a crime, a young man on a path to discovering the truth about how far he will go in order to survive.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Reading - Still Alice

Still Alice by Lisa Genova



Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.