Even though I preferred the characters in "The Girl on the Train" (by a different author), I have to admit that this was a well written and plotted myEven though I preferred the characters in "The Girl on the Train" (by a different author), I have to admit that this was a well written and plotted mystery/thriller.
The two main characters, Nick and Amy, are vain, despicable and very emotionally unstable. In my opinion they deserve each other! ...more
This one is one of my all time favorites. Was fun to again connect with Tom Sawyer's adventures. I hope to re-read "The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThis one is one of my all time favorites. Was fun to again connect with Tom Sawyer's adventures. I hope to re-read "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" sometime this year....more
Am so glad that I was finally able to make room in my reading schedule for this book. I've never read Stephen King before (and doubt if I would read aAm so glad that I was finally able to make room in my reading schedule for this book. I've never read Stephen King before (and doubt if I would read any of his more gruesome and horror novels) but this book was so different then I had anticipated. I wasn't prepared to be so moved by the characters and there actions, plus he included a romance that was very lovely and bittersweet.
I was only 14 when Kennedy was assassinated and I remember what a horrible and tragic event it was not only for Americans but for people all around the world. It was also the first time that I saw my parents and grandparents cry. But I also remember the accounts in the news of how some people actually rejoiced in his death. So sad. I loved reading Mr. King's Afterword at the end of this novel. A lot of insight into his research....more
I can understand why this was awarded The Pulitzer Prize. Geraldine Brooks has written a masterpiece that is full of complicated characters and eloqueI can understand why this was awarded The Pulitzer Prize. Geraldine Brooks has written a masterpiece that is full of complicated characters and eloquent passages. I don't think I can even do this novel justice in a review but I will try.
March is the main character and for those who haven't read "Little Women" he is their father who has gone away to the American Civil War as a chaplain. In "Little Women" he is a minor character but here Brooks has given him a back story. At first he is somewhat naïve and idealistic although good and kind. He makes mistakes that he later comes to regret deeply yet as the reader I felt he was only reacting as many would if thrust into war where people committed not only acts of bravery but also of terrible cruelty.
In fact this novel seems to mirror events that are still taking place in our current world and have happened since the beginning of time.
In "Little Women", Marmee is portrayed as almost saintly. But here Brooks paints her as a women with very complicated feelings who is horrified at slavery yet is torn about her husband going off to war at the age of almost 40.
The events that unfold show the atrocities committed by both the Rebel and Union soldiers yet there are acts of kindness.
A very emotional and inspiring read and will give me something more to think about when I re-read "Little Women"....more
An interesting read about the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665. As the author notes very little is know about Caleb so the storyAn interesting read about the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665. As the author notes very little is know about Caleb so the story is told from the viewpoint of the fictional character, Bethia Mayfield. The Mayfield family were Puritans and did in fact settle on what would become Martha's Vineyard although there was no daughter.
I found it fascinating that the author was able to tell this story in the language of the Puritans and the Native Americans. I've read very little historical fiction on the Puritans but it did seem authentic. In fact at times it was brutal to read of how difficult their lives were and the ways in which females were treated and dealt with. There was much oppression of women and also prejudice between the cultures of the Native Americans and the settlers.
I would definitely recommend this book to any who are interested in this historical part of America.
Loved this book! I was so fortunate to be #1 on our library's e-book wish list. I finished it 2 days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. ALoved this book! I was so fortunate to be #1 on our library's e-book wish list. I finished it 2 days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. A lovely story about a man in his late 30's, a widower, and owner of a bookstore. As has been stated in other reviews, this is a book for booklovers!
At first I was put off by the character of A.J. Fikry. He is somewhat quirky and not exactly pleasant to be around. But the author did a wonderful job of letting you slowly start to understand his personality and outlook on life. Plus this book is full of so many interesting secondary characters. I didn't want their stories to end.
I don't want to post any spoilers. An incredible, heartwarming novel that shows how the people in our lives shape us. ...more
I read this not knowing until the end that the characters and events were based on true history. What a powerful and emotional read!
The main characteI read this not knowing until the end that the characters and events were based on true history. What a powerful and emotional read!
The main character, Sarah, is "gifted" her own slave, Hetty, on her birthday. Sarah is a young girl who abhors slavery but she soon finds out that in the South it is almost impossible for her to set the young slave free. Sarah and Hetty grow up together and although their paths take different directions, they share a special bond.
The story is told in alternating POVs by both Sarah and Hetty. The descriptions of the slave's punishments and torture is not graphic but still heartbreaking in it's honesty. Sarah longs for the right to make her own decisions for her life, not only in freeing slaves, but helping her sister and other women to follow their own hearts and voice their own opinions. Sarah and her youngest sister, Nina, become outspoken on the issues of slavery, racial equality and all women's rights. They become "infamous", even in the North, due to their radical beliefs.
Hetty's story is very emotional as she is determined to not let her life as a slave define who she is. She learns to read and is defiant in her actions which leads to horrific events. She gets her strength from her mother, Charlotte. Charlotte is a fictional character but very important in the telling as she represents the threads to their roots in Africa. She and many other female slaves who could not read or write told their lives through "story quilts" where each square depicted something important to pass down to their children.