City on the Currents, Brian S. Matthews. Sequel to the first novel New Wilderness. Again, fast-paced and "un-put-downable"!! The characters and plot are fleshed out, it's just what you imagine would happen in an apocalypse - but it's not finished yet!! third installment still to come, and not to be missed.
New Wilderness, Brian S. Matthews. Fascinating book about animals suddenly turning on people everywhere, and how the humans try to survive it. Love the character development. Fast-paced page-turner; plan to read it when you have time to inhale it at one sitting!!
"Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is an autobiographical family history by Chinese writer Jung Chang. First published in 1991, Wild Swans contains a biography of the three female generations of Chang's family: her grandmother, her mother and finally her own autobiography. The book won two awards: the 1992 NCR Book Award and the 1993 British Book of the Year. The book has been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies."
"On March 29, 1973, Prudence Eleanor Vilkas was born with a pair of wings molded to her back. Considered a birth defect, her wings were surgically removed, leaving only the ghost of them behind." Interested yet? Read Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone, out March 2015.
sounds terrific: Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have…
This tender historical novel tells the story of Dossie, a spunky stick of a girl who, after escaping slavery, finds a surrogate family in a Civil War–era settlement where blacks and whites live together harmoniously.
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner. This sweeping novel is really a commentary on marriage: what makes it work? What makes it fail? It's slow-paced and thoughtful, but easy to get caught up in. That being said, if you want to read Wallace Stegner, start with Crossing to Safety. It's my favorite book of the YEAR so far, and that's saying a lot.
"I like to see flowers growing, but when they are gathered, they cease to please. I look on them as things rootless and perishable; their likeness to life makes me sad. . .I believe that this life is not all; neither the beginning nor the end. I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep."
Brilliant book by the Emperor and stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius. Reading this, you can feel yourself becoming firmly grounded and feeling able to handle just about anything with the right perspective.