Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dinner and a Book May 21, 2010

Summer Reading Suggestions From Selected Members of the Franklin County Reading Council:
(Great Friday evening discussion at the Orchards Restaurant, too!)

The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Great book!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow
Slow start. WWII setting. Series of letters. Need a cheat sheet while reading.

Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett
Need a lot of time to read. 12th century England building a cathedral.

Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson
Also available in youth version

Listen to the Wind
Greg Mortenson
Beautiful picture version of Three Cups of Tea

Stones into Schools
Greg Mortenson

Still Alice
Lisa Genova
Early onset of Alzheimer

Look Again
Lisa Scottoline
A reporter sees the picture of her adopted son on a missing person poster. She needs to know if it is her son.

My People
Charles Smith Jr.
Langston Hughes poem illustrated by fabulous photos -- Coretta Scott King Award --children's

The Lion & the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott winner. Wordless picture book of the well-known fable.

Camel Club

Sarah's Key
Tatiana DeRosnay
Historical fiction in France WWII

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamid Ford
WWII in Seattle. Chinese Boy and Japanese Girl in all white school.

South of Broad
Pat Conroy
Setting: Charleston. Story of friendship over the decades

While My Sister Sleeps
Barbara Delinsky
Athlete has an accident and family dealing with the issues.

Saving CeeCee Hunicutt
Bethh Hoffman

People of the Book
Geraldine Books

Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah
Friendship between 2 women

End the Struggle and Dance with Life
Susan Jeffers, PhD

The Power of Now
Eckert Tolle

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery
Slow start. Stay with it. Narrative that tells philosophy. Well-developed characters

"Quartet" Series
Nora Roberts

Mistaken Identity
Van Ryan & Cerak
True story

Half the Sky
Kristof & WuDunn
Nonfiction: women and children in bondage across the world

Beaded Hope
Cathy Liggett
4 women who go to Africa as a mission trip to help in HIV camp. They bring their own issues to this story of helping others.

Love, Work, Children
Behind the scenes of the “perfect” family. The real story.

Little Earthquakes
Jennifer Weiner
Novel about 3 women and their babies

"Stephanie Plum Mystery" series
Janet Evanovich
Flawed bounty hunter. Funny and a fast read.

The Glass Castle
Jeanette Walls
Dysfunctional family

Half-Broke Horses
Jeanette Walls