Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I've been quite the bookworm this summer. I've read a bunch of good books, both fiction and non-fiction.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This was a fabulous book. Set in Mississippi in the mid-60s, The Help looks at life for African-American maids and their relationships with the people they serve. It is told from multiple points of view, which can only serve to help the story along.
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
This non-fiction book is about a man in New York who decides to follow as many of the biblical rules as possible. He is very open-minded and respectful of every aspect of Judeo-Christian religion that he details. I read it after *B* swore I'd like it. I loved it.
We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
Elizabeth Berg has been a recent obsession of mine. I've never been one to read authors who are very prolific. But I read Home Safe, then I read Open House, and now I look for Berg's books wherever I can. This one is based off of a true story of a woman who had polio while 9 months pregnant. She and her nurse raise the girl up despite the mother's near-total paralysis.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Mrs. Mordecai recommended Dave Ramsey and I am SO thankful I read this book. His "baby steps" are common sense, but brilliant. I'll be going in to this in depth in the future.
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
I had read Love Medicine by Erdrich in the past, so I was intrigued by this book. Its Native American themes are much more subtle than in Love Medicine. I read it on the plane to Oklahoma. It was fantastic. A woman discovers that her husband is reading her diary, so she manipulates him through her entries and chronicles the incidents in a second diary.
Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
This book makes me think of Laura Ingalls Wilder books, but for grown ups. After dealing with tragedy in her family life, a young woman enters into marriage and faces struggle after struggle. It was a very satisfying book.
The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
Since I was on a kick, and because my hold request came through, I've started reading a non-fiction book about the real Laura Ingalls Wilder. I'm not far in because homework got in the way, but I'm hoping to finish very soon.