“For August “Auggie” Pullman, being treated as an ordinary kid would be his greatest wish, but his facial deformity makes ordinary seem like an extraordinary feat. A beautiful humanistic portrayal of courage in the face of adversity and how friendship and acts of kindness really are powerful and wondrous. I couldn’t stop reading this book!
Luciano, a street urchin living in Renaissance Italy, is taken in by the doge’s chef, Maestro Ferrero, and trained to be an apprentice. While serving under the chef, Luciano learns that the doge and other powerful men in Italy are searching for a book rumored to contain alchemy formulas and potions for love and immortality. He begins to wonder if there is more to the chef’s recipes than just culinary delight. The engaging tale is like a blend between Like Water for Chocolate and the DaVinci Code.
Have you been anxiously awaiting the third season of Downton Abbey? We have a new highly acclaimed BBC mini-series called, “Call the Midwife” that just might tide you over until the January 29th release date of Downton! The show follows the lives of several young nurse midwives working in the 1950’s in one of the poorest parts of London. The living conditions are horrible and the poverty is terrible, but I grew to love all the characters in the show. From the nurses, to the nuns, to the patients, you will be moved to tears as often as you will be to laughter! Come in and check it out!
This is an interesting novel on many levels. The story is narrated by the bisexual main character from the time he was a child until now, when he is in his seventies. It takes place in a small town in Vermont and includes many quirky characters among his family and friends, and even the local librarian whom he falls in love with as an adolescent. Read with an open mind it’s very engaging and enjoyable – Irving at his best.
A heart-wrenching story in post apocalyptic Colorado of a small plane pilot, Hig, and his dog, living in their world of loss and survival. It begins 9 yrs after a flu and blood disease have wiped out most of human civilization. But when a random radio transmission comes through his radio, Hig risks everything and flies past his point of no return (not enough fuel to get home). Heller writes sparingly but intimately about nature, love, friendship, adventure and survival in a thought provoking way that makes you laugh, cry, and hope. One of the best books I’ve read this year.
Chip Linton attempts to land a commercial airliner in a lake after the plane he is piloting malfunctions. He survives but 39 passengers perish. His family moves to Bethel, New Hampshire to start their lives over. As his wife and twin daughters adapt to life in this small town Chip fights his demons and PTSD from the crash. The local herbalists take an interest in the family but as the story unfolds it becomes clear that their interest is more sinister than altruistic. The story is well written with engaging characters and horror elements that bear similarity to a Stephen King novel.
Everyone knows Tiffany lamps but few people know that some of the most creative designers of these lamps were women. It is late 1800's in New York City and working conditions for women were dramatically different, so Clara and her co-workers were quite progressive for their time. This was a fascinating story of Clara, her work and her times. It is a well-written story of Clara's struggle for personal and professional fulfillment.