Sunday, January 16, 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue #3 and Rescue by Anita Shreve #4

Webster is a paramedic in small town Vermont when he becomes intrigued with Sheila, a beautiful redhead who in injured in a car crash while drunk. Quickly the two become involved with a pregnancy as the result. however Sheila has problems resulting in their separation so Webster is left to raise his baby daughter on his own. This is one of my favorite authors who always creates characters who feel like old friends or the people next door. I enjoyed it very much.

This is the best book I've read in a very long time!
Written in the voice of five year old Jack, he and his "Ma" are prisoners of Old Nick, in Room. Ma was kidnapped nine years ago as a college student so the world for her and her son has been reduced to the size of a small shed and Old Nick's almost nightly visits. Ma devises a plan for their escape requiring a high level of bravery on Jack's part, leaving the reader on the edge of her seat. I could barely put this book down and didn't want it to end.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cherries in Winter by Suzan Colon (#2)

This is a lovely book, like a warm steamy bath on a cold winter day. The author explores her family's history and how those before her survived hard times by living simply and economically. She faces the loss of her own executive level job and learns to live in a new way: cutting back on all the luxuries that she and her husband had grown to enjoy.

Catch up

Here's a catch up on the last couple of books:
The last book of 2010 (#58) was Santa Fe Edge by Stuart Woods.

Disappointing! A chase story involving a couple of bad people and other people running around and trying to catch them while engaging in kinky activities involving money, airplanes, and sex. I loved this author's earlier books but definitely not the recent ones.

The first book of 2011 was Perfect Reader by Maggie Pouncey.

Flora Dempsey, daughter of a university professor and poet, reruns to her childhood home when her father suddenly dies. Flora is left in charge of a large collection of poetry unexpectedly found in her father's effects. She meets new people such as her father's secret love Cynthia, begins a relationship with her father's lawyer, and goes through the agony of recalling many pains of childhood