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    Book Review Ordinary Grace

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    Book Review Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

    In 1961 life was pretty simple for 13-year-old Frank and his family in New Bremen Minnesota. Adventurist Frank and his shy but wise beyond his years kid brother Jake worship their older sister Ariel and enjoy their life as the sons of the towns Methodist preacher.

    But this coming of age story is about one summer when two boys face five separate deaths, false accusations, small town gossip, racism and more.

    Told from Frank’s perspective looking back forty years later.  A well written tale and plot unrolls as Frank finds himself that fateful summer learning about prejudice, adultery, lies and betrayal  all while maturing and handling the truth like a grown man.

    In the end Frank learns the value of family despite all the ghosts in the closet and the grace of God in times both good and bad.  An ordinary life in one extraordinary summer will bring Frank and his family Ordinary Grace.

    Four stars for Ordinary Grace ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Check out last week’s review of Station Eleven

    Book Review Station Eleven

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    Book Review Station Eleven

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    Book Review Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

    I loved this book. I had added this book to my list ages ago, finding it on a must read 2017 list. But it took forever for it to show up available on Kindle and I had forgotten about it.

    But wow. Worth the wait. One of my favorite reads so far this year.  Another book I expect to see become a movie.  But read the book Рdon’t wait for the movie.

    Mandel creates a cast of likeable characters with a variety of interests and histories including a wide range of ages, talents, abilities, ethnicities, genders and economic backgrounds. These characters unwillingly become entwined when the entire earth is subject to a pandemic flu.  The flu ends the world as we know it and kills 99% of the population.

    Whoa say what?  And I loved this book?  I truly did.  Frightening because it’s very believable, captivating because you feel for the characters, frightening because it’s plausible, well-written with an interesting and well thought out plot development and oh did I mention Frightening??

    My husband read this book and also loved it.  The funny thing is if I had been told the plot of this book I may not have read it.  But I am really glad I did. A perfect mix of sci-fi, drama, mystery and suspense.

    Go read Station Eleven! Five Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    See last week’s review of Little Fires Everywhere.

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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”