This is a historical fiction novel that is told partially by a young Jewish girl living in France during the “Vel d’hiv” – which was the roundup of Jewish families by the French police (ordered by the Germans) who held them in horrid conditions and then eventually sent them to their deaths at concentration camps in Germany. The other portion of the story is told by an American journalist living in Paris who was assigned to write an article for her magazine on the event. A well-told, eye-opening story that also gives us a history lesson of the recent past.
9,400 people died, the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history!
This story is unimaginable. It's gripping. It's haunting. It's about survival and the relationships that unfold during trauma.
A 2015 National Book Award Finalist, this novel spans fifty years, following the lives of four friends from college to middle age. The story is absolutely beautiful and brutal, exploring themes of child abuse, trauma and recovery, and the limits of friendship and love. This is the kind of book that takes over your life while you read it, and inspires visceral reactions on every page.
Butte, Montana was once a bustling city of 100,000 in the early 1900s, filled with miners from all over the world looking for work in the cooper mine. Butte and Park City share a similar past from boom to bust during the 19th and 20th century, hence any local history buff would enjoy this work of fiction by Ivan Doig. Work Song is a story about a gentleman working in the town’s local library, who then discovers the inner workings of the miners’ labor movement. Did You Know: Park City Library was once housed in the old Park City Miner’s Hospital, across the street. The Miner’s Hospital was built by the local miners’ union to provide medical treatment to the miners and their families.
Dead Until Dark is the first novel in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. You probably recognize the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, from the television show True Blood. While there are some similarities, the thirteen book series of novels takes the story of Sookie, Bill, Eric and Sam in a much different direction. In this first book, we meet Sookie, Bill and a few other major characters. We are also introduced to the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana - and the theme of small town life, a big part of the story. If you love paranormal romance with relatable, female main characters, try Dead Until Dark. If you enjoy Sookie's role as heroine, you are guaranteed to love the next twelve books, too.
EPIC read! This sci-fi/fantasy novel had me hooked right from the beginning. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy, but I could not put this book down! It is so addictive. Take a chance and check this one out. You will not be disappointed.
A heart-achingly beautiful love story about Sorcha, a strong young woman with 6 doting older brothers who are turned into swans by an evil enchantress. Sorcha, the only person who can save them, undertakes a seemingly impossible task that ultimately takes her away from her forest in a fantastical adventure that is full of sorrow, violence, adventure, magic, and amazing love.
This sweet novel follows a Chinese teenager's recovery from tuberculosis in a remote Japanese village on the eve of the Second World War. Tsukiyama's straightforward, elegant style belies the complexity of characters and emotions that her well-crafted story unfolds. A tender and easy read that will unexpectedly remind you of life's simple gifts.
While I usually refrain from zombie books, The Girl with All the Gifts, was a treat to read and one of the best endings I’ve experienced in a while. Melanie and the other children wait in their cell daily until it is time for class, Melanie’s favorite part of the day. Unlike regular school children, these pupils eat larva for lunch, and attend school in a highly secure military structure after the virus has taken most of the planet. When everyone is forced to leave camp, boundaries between Melanie and the military personal (including her favorite teacher) become fluid as they fight for their survival among zombies who do not have the rare intellect Melanie features.