Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Widow's War

By Sally Gunning

A beatifully-written story about a woman in 18th century Cape Code who loses her husband, and with it, almost, all of her rights. But she fights back to keep her independence as much as she can, while committing punishable sins left and right, without actually harming anybody. Did she win? [320 pp.]

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Wedding Bees

By Sarah-Kate Lynch

A light chick lit that's pretty funny and quite good. Definitely a good read after something heavier. Makes you want to have some honey and grow bees. [368 pp.]

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The Pickup

By Nadine Gordimer

It took me a while to get used to the writing - it was hard at first to tell where someone is saying something versus general narration, but with time I managed to be quite engaged in it.  It was interesting to see the characters develop, and the ending was not disappointing, which it could have been in so many different ways, considering the topic (the love between an illegal immigrant and a rebelious daughter of the upper middle class). I guess I quite enjoyed it all in all. Still, when I saw another book of the same author on the library shelf, I did not pick it up. Maybe I needed some rest... [288 pp.]

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