Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bone Clocks

Wow. What a mesmerizing, mind-boggling, wild ride. Reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas) takes a big commitment--of both time and brain cells. At nearly 600 pages, you have to REALLY want to read this because it will absorb you for a good long while. Thank goodness I read this on ereader, because I used the search feature frequently, as in "Who the heck is that person again?" and "What the heck does that mean, it seems vaguely familiar from about 200 pages ago?" But let me tell you this: it was oh so fun to read. It's surprising, clever, imaginative, complicated, scary, and, well, lovely. This book won't be for everyone, but it has made me look at the world a little differently. It starts out being one thing, and ends up being something entirely different. And Holly Sykes is one character I will carry with me for a long time. Read it. It will be available at the library on September 2.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub

After viewing a lecture by obesity doctor, Robert Lustig, the author decided to experiment with taking a year of no added sugar.  The family's project did include exceptions to the no sugar rule but for the most part they hoped to eliminate sugar from their diet for one year. 
Schaub is a mother and writer who has a real interest in food and cooking.  She grew up equating sugary foods with love and enjoyed baking for her friends and family.  Lustig's lecture about the hazards of sugar convinced Schaub to make changes.
This is the record of their struggles and successes including anecdotes from the author, her husband, and their daughters.
The book is more story about their experiment year than data about the risks of sugar, but she does include some of that and recommends other authors for more information.  It is an interesting book about the Schaub family's year long food adventure.

Before Green Gables

     This book is clearly very well researched, giving Anne's background leading up to the beginning of "Anne of Green Gable".

     Suffering the devastating loss of parents at a tender age of 3 months, Anne is shuffled from one foster home to the next, ill-used and barely allow to escape, even to attend school.  Finally even the foster homes are no longer & she finds herself in what seem to her most deadful destination, the Hopewell Orphanage.   Through it all Anne bears her lot in life cheerfully, with the sort of curiosity and  imagination we have all come to expect of her.

    This book gives a realistic view of how Anne have grown up and how she became the girl who met Matthew Cuthbert on the train platform.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Last Kings of Sark - an enchanting summer read

The Last Kings of Sark by Rosa Rankin-Gee

Jude is just 21 years-old when she flies on a private plane to Sark Island to spend the summer serving as a tutor to shy and awkward adolescent, Pip. Unsure of what she is getting herself into, she is even more uncertain when she meets the holiday cook Sofi, a magnetic Polish girl who lacks any real culinary skills and interjects the ‘f’ word into every sentence she utters. Pip’s mysterious and reclusive mother, Esme, whiles away her days in her bedroom and is rarely seen. Pip’s father spends the bulk of the summer on ‘business’ that takes him off the island for weeks at a time. So, the trio (Pip, Jude and Sofi) soon find themselves idling away the summer, exploring the island, drinking from Pip’s father’s wine cellar, and ditching science lessons for other extracurricular explorations and experiments. Soon a powerful bond develops between the three and the summer on Sark shapes into a pivotal one never to be forgotten.
Sark is a tiny Channel Island and the last place in Europe to abolish feudalism, where the sole means of travel is by foot or bike with miles of beach and terrain to explore, and Rankin-Gee beautifully illustrates the lushness and magic of the island. The tale of this summer adventure is a compelling and sensual story by a promising new writer who summons images of lazy summer evenings, daylight filtering through tree tops, summer downpours and bare feet hitting dusty roads: a perfect summer read.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A True Story of Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice

Fearless, by Eric Blehm, is an excellent and must-read book! It is about Adam Brown, U.S. Navy Seal, a fearless man who did pay the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  Adam was "fearless" from birth; he was wired from the get-go to do what Navy Seals do.  But there is more to the story than being wired for the courageous or being a Seal; Adam had his demons to contend with and struggled to conquer them! It's an honest book and it will grip your heart!  Adam Brown - a man of character and an example to many - lives on in this book. Check it out!