Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kara recommends "Calling Me Home"

A debut novel by Julie Kibler, Calling Me Home interweaves the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship.  This book is a great read for adults and works especially well for a book club discussion.

Kara recommends "The Watermelon Seed"

This is a cute picture book for kids about a crocodile who loves watermelon.  One day he accidentally swallows a seed and he starts to imagine a watermelon growing inside of him!  This book would be a great story for parents to read to their young children.  The Watermelon Seed was also the winner of the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Jamie recommends "The Invention of Wings"

The invention of wings

This novel by Sue Monk Kidd tells the story of Sarah Grimk√© and her slave Handful who lived in early 1800's Charleston, South Carolina.  Sarah was born into a world of Southern privilege where slavery was as common as it was expected. On Sarah's eleventh birthday her mother presents her with a gift--Handful, her very own slave. Sarah was the outcast of her family and held very progressive ideas, including the thought that slavery was wrong and slaves should be equal to whites.  The novel switches between Sarah and Handful's point of view over the years and tells their intertwining stories where each woman attempts to find her place in the world.  If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a book that will grab hold of you from the start.

I was interested to learn that this story was somewhat based in reality. Sarah Grimk√© was a real woman who was far ahead of her time in thoughts on slavery and women's rights.  It was a very good read that I found hard to put down.  Recommended for adults and young adults.