Monday, February 7, 2011

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

I really enjoyed this book. You will definitely want to put this one on your hold list at the library.
To sum up this wonderful book in one sentence, I will borrow the words of one reviewer (Jessica Gribble) who wrote, ". . . you might say this, All sorts of horrible, depressing, unjust things happen in Little Bee, but it's the most hopeful book I've ever read."
I loved this book, and could not put it down. Beautiful language, intriguing characters, thought provoking plot. Excellent!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Soda Springs by Terry Marshall

Our bookclub recently read Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. An interesting account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Worth your time. But, the real reason I'm here is to tell you about the book Soda Springs, by Terry Marshall. This author is the father of one of my dear friends, and has also written a fantastic story about civil rights. But not the usual story. This story, while taking place in the 60's, is not your run of the mill account of African-Americans protesting unfair treatment. Taking place in Soda Springs Colorado, this story focuses on the struggle of Mexican-Americans who want to be treated fairly. The main character, Rick, is a college student determined to follow MLK, but he ends up back at home in Co running the family farm, falling in love and smack in the middle of racial tensions. Love, love, love the story, the vivid descriptions and how Rick grows up a bit:) Buy it! Read it! Love it!