Alison Wonderland is a crazy tale by Helen Smith that I read recently. The book is about a young woman who is recently divorced. She needs to find a way to support herself, so she turns to the private investigator that provided her with information about her ex-husbands cheating.
Alison soon settles into her new life of going on stake outs, and working at temp jobs to find out information about men who might be cheating with their secretaries. And then in walks a client who is looking for something a little bit different than information about a cheating husband. She is looking for a newborn baby. More specifically she is looking for a foundling.
The book moves along quickly, and it is full of interesting characters. Some are a little eccentric, and some are like the people you meet in your everyday life. But all of them are put together in a story that is delightfully confusing at times. But in the end it all makes sense.
In some ways the book is far-fetched, but in so many other ways it is like real life. Like real life we are often drawn into events that we didn’t see coming. And we end up losing and gaining so many things that we want.
If you are looking for a book that will keep you entertained, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Tracy Chevalier has a new book called The Last Runaway. This book is about a Quaker woman named Honor Bright, who makes the journey from her home in England to Ohio during the pre-civil war era. Honor is faced with a world that is much different than the one she was to in England. People speak differently, and they act differently. Honor soon finds herself marrying a man in the Quaker community. But in order to get along with her new family Honor is faced with the choice of betraying her personal beliefs, or abiding by the laws of her new homeland.
In this book Chevalier paints a picture of what it was like to live in Ohio during the pre-civil war timeframe. Especially, what is was like to be a woman living during that time. It shows how difficult it can be for individuals who have strong beliefs to actually walk their talk. And it also shows that there may be a price to pay if you do act according to your conscience.
Chevalier has developed characters in The Last Runaway that are easy to understand, and they feel as if they are people you might know in real life. You can relate to their problems even if they were in a time that you do not live in. And you see that there were many things that were different during that time, but there were also many things that are just the same as the time we live in now.
This book probably isn’t for everyone; I don’t think that a lot of men would enjoy it. It’s too focused on women and their interactions. But I think many women who enjoy history, and quilting would enjoy this book.
Close Your Eyes is the perfect book for reading to a child before bed. The book is about a tiger who tells her kit to close his eyes and go to sleep. The little tiger doesn’t want to go sleep because of all the things he will miss, and he is afraid of the dark. His mother gently reminds him of all the things he can see in his dreams, and that he has no need to fear because she is near.
This is a sweet children’s book. The illustrations by Georg Hallensleben are wonderful.
They use loads of color, and they have a little dreamy quality which is perfect for a children’s book. The message of the book is also sweet. That a child doesn’t have to miss out on life during their sleep, they are just experiencing it in another way. For all of you with children, check this book out.
In the past I’ve enjoyed reading Tracy Chevalier’s books, so when I saw the book Remarkable Creatures, I thought this is a book I definitely need to read.
The book starts out in with Elizabeth Philpot moving to a small seaside town in England. She soon meets a young girl named Mary Anning. Mary is an unusual girl for the 1800’s, she has a talent for finding fossils. Even though Mary is uneducated, she has a vast knowledge of the fossils in the area. Elizabeth spends time with Mary hunting fossils. When Mary finds an unusual fossil find her life begins to take a different course than the other girls in the town. Little does she know that she will become an expert in the field of fossils, and that she will develop a life-long friendship with Elizabeth.
I really loved this book for many reasons. Chevalier is able to tell a really great story that holds my attention. The book has really strong female characters who march to the beat of a different drummer. In their day Mary and Elizabeth were quite odd because they chose a life of fossil hunting. Mary chose it as a livelihood, and Elizabeth chose it as a hobby. And Mary becomes an expert in the field. This is quite a feat for a poor young woman in the 1800’s. The book also shows a time when the world is changing. Long held beliefs are being challenged by Mary’s finds.
A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett is a book that has been around for a while, but I think it deserves a little attention. Well it got attention when it first came out, but anyone who likes Jimmy’s music, and enjoys a fun book to read should take a look at this book.
A cowboy names Tully Mills decides to spend some time in the tropics relaxing. He brings his horse with him, and his adventures soon begin. And he finds out that you never know who you will meet or what will happen while you are in the tropics. Throughout the book Tully takes what life has to offer with a calm attitude, and he develops really great relationships with most everyone he encounters. And the book like Buffett’s music is down to earth and fun to read.
I listened to the book on audio, and there was an extra perk by doing this. Jimmy Buffett’s song A Salty Piece of Land was included with it. The song is about the story in the book, and it is an excellent add on to a book full of adventure.
Graphic novels aren’t just the comic books of yesterday. They are solid reading material with great story lines. Here are three of my current favorite graphic novels that deserve to be put on people’s reading lists.
The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons is an awesome book. This book is a Hugo award winner, and it well deserving. The book was written in the 1980’s. And it reflects many of the emotions that were present during that time frame. The fear of nuclear war, the world divided into two sides the western world and those behind the iron curtain. It has superheroes, and it shows the fears and weaknesses of many of these heroes. If you haven’t read the book you should.
Blankets by Craig Thompson is another great story. It’s a love story, which I am sure might surprise those who think comic books are only about superheroes. The story follows two young men as they grow up. It shows real life sibling rivalries, and how relationships develop. This is really a great read for young women.
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison is one strange tale. It’s basically a story of good and evil, and how the world could end up if the bad guys win. Like a lot of literature in the 90’s it focuses on conspiracies. But the story is great, and it is a story you will remember.
Let me know what you’ve been reading.