Archive for April, 2014

Burn, by Julianna Baggott (The Pure Trilogy)

April 26, 2014

[Lesley] Burn is the 3rd book in the Pure trilogy and it was equally as good as books 1 & 2.  When I came to the end I couldn’t believe it… I would definitely read another book about this world and these characters. It is hard for trilogies to maintain such a high level of quality all the way through but I was never disappointed with these. Somehow Baggott has put a new spin on post-apocalyptic fiction and creates a story that delves deeply into what makes us human.

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A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

April 26, 2014

[Lesley] *Note: I listened to this on audio, downloaded from the library’s Hoopla subscription.

This is the first book I have read by Ruth Ozeki – wow! Both (or all 3) of the stories that are followed in this ambitious novel are fascinating, rich with history and emotion, and look at the human sides of major world and cultural happenings from pre-WWII years to the present. The two narrators are connected across space and time by a journal and some other “artifacts” that lead the present-day narrator to become drawn into the life of a teenage Japanese girl. There were so many layers to each character and each part of each story that I will be thinking about ideas from this book for a long time to come. I find that I really enjoy reading novels by Japanese authors — there is a different perspective and way of looking at the world that I find intriguing and quietly persuasive.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

April 15, 2014

[Tricia]

Very good historical fiction based on the lives of early abolitionists and feminists Sarah and Angelina Grimke (women I only vaguely knew about) and the imagined life of an enslaved woman “given” to Sarah on her 11th birthday.  Really well written, memorable book.