As one who has been addicted to reading since I was a child, I am now spending my retirement years traveling through adventures in books. I belong to three book groups and want to share the best of what I have recently read.
READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN
A Memoir in Books
By Azar Nafisi
This is a love story about women who fight an oppressive regime in order to read and discuss Western literature. (EXCELLENT July/Aug 2003)
ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN'
By Rick Bragg
This memoir is a loving tribute by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose mother allowed him to "climb up the backbone" and find his way out of a hardscrabble life in the pine woods of Alabama.
THOSE WHO SAVE US
By Jenna Blum
A love story about the Holocaust, this novel highlights what a mother will endure for the love of her child.
By Michael Connelly
A murder mystery with an ending worthy of Alfred Hitchcock, The Poet tells the story of a serial killer who leaves the police clues in the form of excerpts from poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
THE FOREST LOVER
By Susan Vreeland
This work of historical fiction skillfully portrays the trials and tribulations of Canadian artist Emily Carr, who struggled against turn-of-the century Victorian codes that dictated how both women and art should be viewed.
THE GLASS CASTLE
By Jeannette Walls
With great compassion, Walls recalls her eccentric childhood that transformed
a turbulent life into a glorious adventure. (EXCELLENT July/Aug 2005)
By Aimee Liu
This is a tale of a refugee house for girls trafficked into Delhi's red-light district in the post-World War II...