Recommended reading level: 5th grade on up
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Here is a smart, fast-paced thriller packing an emotional punch. "Work" Pickens is a small-town lawyer who cares more about his pro-bono defense cases than about making money, placing him at odds with the questionable ethics of his nasty lawyer-father. No surprise when dad ends up murdered; and the police put Work and his sister at the top of their list of suspects. I recommend this to fans of Harlan Coben; and a sequel - Down River - just arrived!
Age level: adult
This is a remarkable true story of an unconventional childhood spent wandering from town to town across the U.S. Jeannette Walls's parents were chronically unemployed, her father was rarely sober, but the family experienced many wild adventures together. This was my favorite read of 2007.
This memoir is appropriate for adult readers.
Monday, December 17, 2007
If you are a fan of Jane Austen characters, particularly Mr. Darcy, then this is the book for you. Shannon Hale has written a wonderful book about what happens when a 21st century woman falls into Jane Austen’s English countryside for a pre-paid luxury vacation complete with its own Mr. Darcy. The book is definitely whimsical, but it was a fun, fast read, which I was sorry to see end. If you’ve ever wondered how a modern woman would fare in the era of Darcy then this is book for you. Suggested age level: adult.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This is a really interesting read if you enjoy
historical fiction. The author takes some creative liberties in
describing characters of the era (John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel
Adams) and I liked the fictitious look at their everyday lives during
the tumultuous American Revolution.