Thursday, September 10, 2009

Two to Read Now

These books are top of most reader's lists, but just in case you have not read them yet:Pick up Katherine Stockett's The Help and return to Jackson, MS circa 1960's when the  so called  "colored help"   had the task of childcare in homes of many white families. For many Southerners who as children experienced this special relationship (and others as well)  it is a book of truth and memories that will cause some discomfort in retrospect-  especially when viewed through adult eyes. This heart touching tome will give readers pause as it looks at life from the inside world of maids who were "family" but never equal to blood members of the household. A book you will not easily forget. Also a conversation starter for book clubs.

Sarah's Key has been called haunting but could just as easily be called horrifying. When a child's world becomes a nightmare during war's  inhumanity and her innocence is lost as formerly friendly faces become masks of indifference and cruelty; the reader feels the helplessness of the French Jewish family at the heart of this book, especially Sarah with her tragic keepsake. Tatiana De Rosnay's book takes place both during the WWII and also more than half a century later as an American journalist investigates what is called the "Vel' D'Hiver  roundup," of French Jews that took place in Paris in July 1942. What happened is the heart of this story and it will haunt your soul even as you find some passages  difficult to even comprehend. A book to share with friends and also great for book clubs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ten Fall Books I Can't Wait To Read

Ten Fall/Winter Books I Can't Wait To Read... One At as Time

One of my top non-fiction choices is Nancy Goldstone's The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily ... It  takes place in the Middle Ages and it is true but it has all the elements of a modern soap opera - smart, talented and scheming characters, murder, mayhem and a female lead who is anything but the girl next door. Few women are brought before the Pope on charges of murdering their royal husbands and that is just  a tidbit about Joanna a female ruler ahead of her time. If this book is half as good as Goldstone's FOUR QUEENS: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, it is non-fiction so well written and researched that it reads like a novel and immediately captivates the reader. Should be out in November according to the author's website. Here is a link to her website:

coming soon... another pick... and I'll give you a hint that it is another adventure thriller from one of my favorite genre writers