Monday, September 30, 2019

Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card

This is such a well written book that I just loved!  Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card is about a young man who is struggling to conquer the beast that is freshman year of high school.  This time in life is hard for everyone but even harder for Ezekiel who has the "micropower" of finding lost things and knowing who they belong to. At first this may sound like an awesome ability but Ezekiel quickly learns that this isn't the case.  After being blamed for various crimes he didn't commit, he decides to avoid his power at all costs. That is until Beth walks in to his life.  Now his life is turned upside down!

Not only did I get the pleasure of reading this fantastic book but I actually got to go to a book talk with Card this weekend.  It was an amazing experience that I won't soon forget.  I was so excited to read this book after the talk that I finished it in two days.  Great read!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

October Book Club Book

I am excited to announce that for the month of October our book club will be reading Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone. Everyone who has read it tells me how powerful it is and I cannot wait to dive in!

Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

After reading a couple of nonfiction books in a row I was looking for a light read. This was just what I needed Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center was a great, quick read.  It tells the story of Casse, a female firefighter, who moves away from the life she knows to take care of her mother whom she has barely spoken to over the last 10 years.   If you are looking for a quick read with themes of family, forgiveness, and romance, then this is the book for you!

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

After reading Educated by Tara Westover I was interested in other memoirs but afraid they wouldn't meet my expectations.  Around this time my friend recommended Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance and I decided to give it a try.  I am so glad I did!

Hillbilly Elegy shows the life and culture of "hillbillies" and the unique bond they share.  The author starts the story with this grandparents migration to Ohio and the culture they brought with them.  The story moves in to his own childhood and how the hillbilly culture he gained from his grandparents, who had a big hand in raising him, shaped the person he became.  This is a raw and powerful story that I feel is a must read.  I am grandchild of a working class grandmother myself.  My own grandmother was raised on a "mill hill" but while reading Hillbilly Elegy, I found many common threads especially when it comes to family, culture, and way of life.

Overall I felt that this was a strong story that fans of Educated would appreciate although I did find that this was a quicker read.

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated by Tara Westover was a powerful memoir.  I don't know if it was because I went to a religious college and was exposed to people from extreme backgrounds, or the fact that I am an educator, or if it is because I am nearly the exact same age as the author, but this novel spoke to me. I typically don't read a lot of nonfiction because for me it is a slower read but this was worth the time.

This memoir is the story of Tara Westover and her experience growing up in Idaho.  She lived a unique life with her extremest, Mormon parents. She didn't go to the doctor, didn't know her own birthday, always had a "head for the hills" bag ready, and didn't set foot in a classroom until she was 17 years old. All of these things would have held a lot of people back but Tara used them as stepping stones to her PhD.

This is a powerful book that I recommend to EVERYONE!  Go and get this book!


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