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    Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere

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    Book Review Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    Shaker Heights is a perfect little community outside of Cleveland.  Perfect houses. Perfect lawns.  Perfect jobs.  Perfect schools.  And the perfect Richardson Family.  Leading this family is Elena Richardson, lifelong Shaker Heights resident and a perfect citizen who follows the rules.

    The perfection begins to unravel the day Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl arrive in Shaker Heights, moving into a rental house owned by the Richardson’s.  Mia, an unconventional artist and mother, as far from the Shaker Heights kind of women Elena Richardson aspires to.

    Mia’s mysterious past, Elena’s nosy obsession, Pearl’s friendship with the Richardson children and Izzy’s (the youngest daughter) obsession with Mia and desire for a different life than Shaker Heights, will collide in a heartbreaking tale of loss in so many ways.

    Little Fires Everywhere will make you sit up and think about your own choices in life, secrets you carry, decisions you’ve made and what really is the meaning of family and mother.

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five Stars for Little Fires Everywhere

    Sure to be a movie soon.

    Read last week’s review of Before We Were Yours here

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    Book Review – Before We Were Yours

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    Book Review Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

    Here we find two families, seemingly unrelated based on economic wealth and political status in present day South Carolina.  But history tells a different story and Wingate writes a beautiful tale of families lost and found.

    Using the true life tragedy of stolen babies and children in the 1930’s at the Tennessee Children’s Society, Before We Were Yours is a fictional story that begins in the deep Tennessee back water and ends in a high-powered South Carolina political family.

    Before We Were Yours, follows the lives of one family and the eldest daughter Rill.  When her mother is rushed to the hospital to deliver twins in 1939, Rill is left on their river boat to care for the rest of the children.  Soon a “policeman” arrives and tells Rill their mother is waiting for them at the hospital.  This is of course not true and the men steal all five children in the night and take them to the Tennessee Children’s Society.  They will never see their parents again.

    Some of the children will not survive the horrors of the Tennessee Children’s Society.  Other’s  eventually are adopted, their names changed and histories altered.  Only Rill is old enough to remember the life they had together on the river.

    Fast forward to present day South Carolina, where Avery Stafford is born to wealth and privilege, following her parents and grandparents paths into politics and always doing what is expected of her in the old southern family of Stafford.

    Avery meets an old women named Mae and her life takes a big turn as she unwittingly begins to unravel a mystery about her family – one that could ruin both her father’s and her political careers- the truth of where they came from.  A long dark hidden secret of a happy family Before We Were Yours.

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Four stars for Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours

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    Read last week’s review of Sing Unburied Sing here..

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    Book Review – Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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    Book Review Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Winner of numerous awards, Ward (Salvage the Bones 2011) puts the reader in her latest novel deep in rural Gulf Coast USA. Here you find JoJo, a young-boy, nearly a man, trying to find where he fits in the world.

    His black mother Leonie, drug abuser and selfish women with no maternal instincts, is no help to him. His white father, in jail with demons of his own  can’t be a role model.

    JoJo looks to his grandparents Pop and Mam, each with their own mysteries, but both who love him.

    Unusual family, unusual boy, JoJo struggles to love and be loved and understand the mysteries that surround and plague him. A story of coming of age, race, family, ghosts and magical beliefs in the mystical Deep South- Sing Unburied Sing is a lyrical story that will capture your heart.

    Four stars for Sing Unburied Sing.

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    Read our review from last week of Willa Cather’s My Antonia 

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    Book Review – My Antonia by Willa Cather

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    Book Review My Antonia by Willa Cather⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    An American Classic, amongst Willa Cather’s many American Classics.  My Antonia tells the compelling and sentimental story of immigrant life in rural Nebraska, in the untamed prairie in the 19th century.

    A beautifully written story of childhood and friendship and the directions lives will take – depending on upbringing and background, gender and economics.

    Told from the perspective of orphan Jim Burden, who goes west to live with his grandparents after his parents die.  Jim’s friendship with the neighboring Bohemian family, and specifically the oldest daughter Antonia, forms the basis of the story that chronicles the hard immigrant life in the prairie and the often dashed hopes and dreams of the immigrants themselves.

    Published in 1918 this Willa Cather masterpiece is a timeless tale, with beautiful imagery, masterful prose and a heartfelt story you will find difficult to put down.

    Five Stars for My Antonia.

    See last week’s review on Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

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    Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman

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    Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman

    As I read this book I kept thinking “this will definitely be a movie”.  So as I started to write this review I googled it, and sure enough it will.  One of Reese Wetherspoons upcoming movies with her new production company.  And in fact she may even play the title character.

    Whaky and quirky and lacking most social skills, Eleanor Oliphant leads an overly structured life with no friends, no family and very little interaction with anyone.  Except her co-workers at her office where she has worked for nine years.  But her co-workers find her really strange, and Eleanor has no idea why.

    Except for the large burn scar on her face – Eleanor thinks she’s normal.  Well, maybe except for the three bottles of vodka she drinks on the weekend, Eleanor thinks she’s normal.  Maybe the fact that she wears only black pants and white blouse everyday, or she eats the exact same thing everyday – or she speaks to her mother every Wednesday night even though she doesn’t know where her mother is.  Eleanor realizes that probably isn’t normal.  Eleanor’s obsession with a local rock star seems normal to her – in fact she is so sure the rocker will fall in love with her, if they could only meet.  Not normal.

    Eleanor’s life changes the day she coincidentally meets the new I.T. guy at her office and coincidentally is walking out of the building at the same time as he is and they coincidentally see an old man have a heart attack on the sidewalk right in front of them.

    And so begins Eleanor’s life lessons in learning to have a conversation, break from her routine, speak the truth about her past, her sister, her mother and all that took place in her abused and horrible childhood.  Eleanor’s introduction to reality begins right there.

    Sometimes laugh out loud, sometimes get your tissue, Eleanor’s story and those who rescue her is endearing and emotional, hysterical and sobering.  Watch for this one on the big screen.

    Five stars for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

    Check out last week’s review of “The Snow Child”

     

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    Book Review – The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey

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    Book Review The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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    This is one of those books that got added to my To Read list because it showed up on a blog I read on Pinterest.  I was attracted to it purely by the title – and without knowing a thing about it I added to my list.

    And I loved it.  Sweet, sentimental, a bit whimsical and yet believable I couldn’t put it down.

    Ivey takes us to 1920 Alaska where Jack and Mable eke out an existence trying to farm the desolate and barren Alaska land where they have come from “back east” to homestead.

    Not your typical homesteaders, this married couple in their fifties is childless and searching for something they don’t even know what.  Mable feels a failure for not being able to have children and she is lonely and wants nothing more than to live a life of solitude.  Jack struggles to farm all on his own, with no sons to help and no money to hire help.

    One night the couple has a moment of happiness and joy, and in an unusual move they build a snow child in front of their cabin, complete with dress, hat and mittens.  They laugh and enjoy the infrequent happy moment.

    The next day the snow child is gone, but they begin to spot a small blonde child running and hiding in the woods.  Here is where the miracle of this story begins.  Part miracle, part providence, who knows how or why this couple, this little girl and eventually their neighbors come together to make a family.

    The ending both sweet and sad, brings together the powerful ties that bind life in a remote wilderness and how family is what you make it, if you can.

    Five stars for The Snow Child ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

     

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    Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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    Book Review – Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    If you had a child who was a little different…or maybe you were a little different as a child, you will love the story of strange (as in genius) Willow Chance.

    Willow’s life is anything but normal, and her brain is anything but normal as well.  Tragedy in her childhood throws her into crazy adventure where she navigates her own strange approach to life, dealing with being a highly capable student in a mediocre school and the loss of both her adopted parents.

    Willow finds herself befriending a most unusual school councilor, an a-typical Vietnamese-American family and a taxi driver – each who play a big role in what happens next to Willow’s story and her goal of finding where she belong and who will be her forever family.

    I found the characters engaging, often endearing and sometimes silly.  I had several laugh out loud moments in this sweet easy read book.  You will go away smiling.

    Five stars for Counting by 7s.