A great story about a girl who feels overlooked and wants more responsibility and magical ability. It is a refreshing read, light yet action packed. There is a slight romantic quality to the book. I really enjoyed the protagonist’s thought process. She is by all means an average girl, slightly picked upon by her peers and mildly appreciated by her superiors. During the course of the novel she begins to understand more about her capabilities, and why others think the way they do about her. First book in the series. (submitted by CT)
It’s amazing how shiny new possessions you bring home from the store eventually become trash – at least in North America. I admire Annie Leonard’s engaging take on how this happens, and how we could – and must – improve the situation. The huge amount of waste she describes is scary and clearly unsustainable, but she keeps the tone light and constructive. You may have heard of Leonard through her web videos. She also hosts a website and blog. One of her most telling points in the book is that beyond basic needs, owning more stuff does not make you happier. Europeans are more satisfied with life than Americans, though they have smaller homes and cars, and use less energy. Keep telling it like it is, Annie! (submitted by DC)
This is the fourth book by Keyes about the Walsh sisters – a wonderfully dysfunctional family of 5 young women and their loving but odd parents. Anna Walsh must return to her family in Ireland to recover from a disfiguring car accident, but she can’t wait to get back to her life in New York as a PR person for Candy Grrrl cosmetics. But when she gets home, Anna can’t figure out why her husband Aiden isn’t returning any of her messages. Anna’s mum and her scary, beautiful sister Helen are a hoot. Anna’s work for Candy Grrrl also provides a lot of comic relief – Anna is forced to wear “quirky” outfits to work (terrible hats, purses shaped like unpurselike things, pink fishnets) when what she longs for is a charcoal suit. This book is a perfect blend of heartbreak and hilarity. (submitted by GH)
Book 1 of the Temeraire series. This book is great for fantasy fans and fans of alternate histories. I’m actually not a big fan of either, but I still LOVE this series. I found the premise very intriguing – what if dragons had existed during the Napoleonic Wars and the British and French used them as an Air Corps? When Captain Will Laurence’s ship captures a French frigate with a dragon egg on board, Laurence finds himself swept out of his orderly seafaring life when he is chosen by the hatchling to be its captain. Laurence names the dragon Temeraire and the two bond instantly. And it’s this bond that makes the series so special. Laurence has to fight against people treating dragons and their captains like second-class citizens in the armed forces – people are still afraid of dragons and the people who ride them are thought of as odd ducks. My verdict? High-flying adventures abound in this tale of a man and his dragon! (submitted by GH)
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Ginny is enjoying The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.
Just as there is more than one recipe for a perfect cake, this is a book about the life journey of two sisters, who while taking very different paths, are able to find themselves in a world of change. A love story on several levels set in the present, the reader is engaged by one sister’s work with antiquarian books of the past, as well as the other’s work in the fast paced world of technology. A great read! (submitted by TT)
It is a funny and touching read about an elderly couple, who have been happily married for more than 60 years. Now in their 80s and in failing health, they sneak away from their adult children and their doctors, and away from their home in the Detroit suburbs for a forbidden journey of rediscovery. I felt as if I really knew the characters and that they were people I could encounter in real life. I loved this book. (submitted by DD)