Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dark truths hidden in Dark Places

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day is the sole survivor of a family massacre that took place in 1985. Seven years of age at the time of the murders, her testimony clenches a life-sentence for her brother Ben, 15, who at the time was rumored to have been dabbling with Satanism. Libby, now in her early 30s, is in a financial fix. She becomes involved with a club whose members are interested in true crime and finds that none of the members believe her story. When they offer her cash for digging up her past and investigating key possible suspects, she reluctantly agrees and soon begins to question what she saw or didn't see on that cold and tragic January night.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Broken Cord

This title is an exploration of one man's experience with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Michael Dorris adopted a Native American boy who was eventually diagnosed with FAS. He explores this horrible affliction from both an emotional standpoint as a grieving, struggling father, and from an analytical viewpoint as an anthropologist and author. Adam is a loving but difficult boy who has numerous problems that will plague him all his life. Dorris shows us a window into that difficult life, with all its joys and sorrows. This title is the May selection for the Morning Book Club, which will meet to discuss it on Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m.