Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a classic work of fiction, but it also gives today's readers a clear insight into the racial atmosphereHarper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a classic work of fiction, but it also gives today's readers a clear insight into the racial atmosphere of the early 1960s. Harper Lee creates a number of characters that are relatable and full of life. I am glad that I was required to read this text so early in my education, because it really taught me what a good book is.
To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of Scout, a young girl who lives in a town torn apart by racial tension. Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer who is set to defend a young black man who has been wrongly accused of raping a young white girl. Atticus remains one of the greatest moral heroes of fiction. After Tom, the black man in question, is convicted, the trouble doesn't end for the town. The father of the young woman terrorizes everyone who wasn't on his daughter's side, including the children of Atticus in the climax of the novel.
The novel is based on various true events from Lee's childhood, making the book all the more interesting.
This is definitely a book every person should read in his or her lifetime. ...more
The Time Traveler's Wife is really the thinking person's romance. It tells the tale of Claire and Henry, a couple in love with a small problem. HenryThe Time Traveler's Wife is really the thinking person's romance. It tells the tale of Claire and Henry, a couple in love with a small problem. Henry has a genetic disorder that causes him to travel throughout his life uncontrollably. The couple meets when Claire is about six years old, and continue to run into each other throughout their lives until they can marry. However, Henry has no control over where he goes and when. He winds up places with no clothes or money, making already difficult situations even more strange. The other concern is that if the couple has children, the child will also have this disorder. This may all seem simple, but the narrative jumps around so much that each chapter has to be labeled as to where Henry is and what age he and Claire are.
This book is romantic, without being sappy. Quality read....more
First, I guess I should note that I've never read anything by David McCullough that wasn't amazing. He writes in a way that almost makes the real peopFirst, I guess I should note that I've never read anything by David McCullough that wasn't amazing. He writes in a way that almost makes the real people he discusses seem like fantastic fictional characters. They are much more rich than in most history texts.
Mornings on Horseback tells the story of the early days of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. He had a tight-knit family that came of age during the Civil War and the Gilded Age, lending inside insight into these fascinating ages. Teddy Roosevelt was not a strong child, and it is interesting to watch him evolve into the strong and brave figure we know from the history books. I don't want to give away too much, because having the little factual surprises along the way makes the book much more enjoyable. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys history, the Gilded Age, or just a quality non-fiction book. ...more
This book is one of the best things I read as an older child. I picked it up once out of a box of books a neighbor had given us when they moved. I figThis book is one of the best things I read as an older child. I picked it up once out of a box of books a neighbor had given us when they moved. I figured it would just be a quick read to occupy my time during a long summer. However, I was quite surprised by what it held inside.
The Search for Delicious is the tale of a nation torn apart by a simple definition. They are creating a dictionary for their nation to use and while things had gone fine for a while, the definition of "delicious" had created much tension. Some thought chocolate was the definition, while other citizens had conflicting ideas. A young steward is sent through the kingdom to poll for the best definition. However, while he's gone, there is a terrible drought and the kingdom learns the true meaning of what is delicious.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well crafted story and is looking for something to read to their children, now that the Harry Potter series has ended. ...more
The Pushcart War was another book that I read when I was probably too old to read it, but was still taken by the story and its lesson.
The New York CiThe Pushcart War was another book that I read when I was probably too old to read it, but was still taken by the story and its lesson.
The New York City pushcarts that sell hot dogs, fruit and other products feel pushed around by the massive tractor-trailers that are taking over the city's narrow streets. After various injustices against them, they declare war with a simple children's toy and a pin. It's a fascinating story with a nice lesson about the little guy standing up for himself.
I would again recommend this read to any one who needs a new bedtime read for the kids. ...more