Category: Fiction

This Is How It Always Is

by Laurie Frankel, 2017 What a fantastic book! What a fantastic writer! I didn’t want to read this book, but my friend, Christie, read it and said she couldn’t put it down – it was so good! So, I read it and felt the same way, even though the topic, a transgender child, is not […]

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah, 2018 Glad I stuck with this book. The first 1/2 seemed like it was written by an amateur for teenage girls. After about 250 pages, however, it was a page-turner. Set in 1970’s Alaska, somewhere near Homer on the Kenai Peninsula, in a town called Kaneq, which I think is a fictional […]

Playing for Pizza

by John Grisham, 2007 Quick, easy read about an NFL quarterback (Rick Dockery) who is banished from the league because he throws too many interceptions. He’s had 3 major concussions. His agent finds him a job in Italy so he moves to Parma, Italy, and finds love and purpose among some Italians who love the […]

Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid, 2017 Very interesting premise–Nadia and Saeed, two people living in some unnamed Mid-Eastern country, fall in love at the same time that their country deteriorates into chaos and war. They hear about hidden doors that appear and disappear but allow you to escape the country. They pay an agent and escape first […]

The Leavers

by Lisa Ko, 2017 Good book about Chinese mother (Polly Guo) and son (Deming Guo) separated when Deming was 11 years old. He thinks his Mama abandoned him. He is adopted by a white couple in upstate New York but never feels comfortable there and his heart aches for his Mama. Finally, at the age […]

Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne, 1873 Finished 12/14/18 Loved, loved, LOVED this book! Phileas Fogg, a rich Englishman, decides to take on the challenge to go around the world in 80 days. He takes his brand new servant, Passepartout, along and the adventures they have together are so entertaining.

Bridge of Clay

by Markus Zusak, 2018, finished 12/7/18 Good novel, set in Australia, about 5 brothers wracked by grief when their beloved mother, Penelope (Penny), dies of cancer, and their father (Michael) abandons them. Clay, the fourth of 5 boys, leaves home to help their father build a bridge, and ends up building a bridge for all […]

Sea Prayer, by Khaled Hosseini, 2017, 2018

Beautiful, poignant short illustrated book about Syrian refugee father and son fleeing Syria by boat. They lost their wife and mother in the bombing in Syria and father and son are escaping Syria and waiting on the shore for the boat: Your mother is here tonight, Marwan, with us, on this cold and moonlit beach, […]

Ceremony

by Leslie Marmon Silko, 1977 This was our first book for the Old Town Library Book Club for 2018-2019. We met and discussed it on 10-15-18. Most everyone liked the book although some did not like the ending. I think it was rather violent but I can’t really recall the ending. I loved the main […]

A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irvin, 1989 Unique, thought-provoking, sometimes hilarious story about tiny Owen Meany and his best friend, Johnny Wheelwright, and their growing up in Gravesend, New Hampshire, in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The story is told from Johnny’s perspective and starts with telling how, during Sunday school when their teacher left the room for a […]

The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf, 1936 Drawings by Robert Lawson Ferdinand the Bull just wanted to sit under his favorite cork tree, “smelling the flowers just quietly.” I loved this book as a child and they made a movie of it, which is pretty good, and made me want to read the book again. Learned about cork […]

The Little Paris Bookshop

by Nina George, 2013 Jean Perdu owns a book barge in Paris. He is 20 years into grieving his lost love. She gave him a letter but he never opened it. Finally he does and she left him because she was dying of cancer. He unhooks his barge and travels south with Max Jordan, a […]

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain, 1885 Finished 2/15/10 – the day I found out I needed a root canal! Wonderful book!!!! Non-stop adventure!!!! Huck escapes his drunk father, meets up with Jim on Jackson’s Island. They go down river on a raft and have many adventures, including running into 2 rapscallions, the King and the Duke, who […]

The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton, 1921 Pulitzer Prize Unrequited love – New York society, late 1800s Newland Archer marries May Welland but is in love with Countess Olenska. She bucks the trends but refuses to lead him astray. He remains faithful to his wife. After her death, he and son go to Europe and he can visit […]

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

by Alexander McCall Smith, 2007 2007 installment of #1 Ladies Detective Series. They just get better and better! LOVE these books. In this one, Mr. JLB Matekoni takes a case- follows the wrong guy – but it actually turns out better than if he’d followed the right guy! (2 men in red cars) Mma Makutsi […]

Hannah Coulter

by Wendell Berry, 2004 Great, sweet book about a woman in rural Kentucky, 1940’s to 2000. Her life on the farm. First husband dies in WWII, marries Nathan Coulter. Their life, love, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors. Hard work, goodness, kindness, beauty in nature, sticking with one another.

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen, 1813 LOVED THIS BOOK! Could not put it down! Elizabeth ends up marrying Darcy, but not until about a year of misconception about him. He still wants her even after she rejects him. Then she finds out what a nice guy he really is. He forgives her rejection and they end up […]

The Rule of Four

by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, 2004 Good read. Four roommates at Princeton, two are researching the Hypnerotomachia, a 500-year old book which is a mystery. Paul figures it out – you think he is dead. Tom is whiling away his life as a software analyst in Texas when an ancient painting shows up in […]