Rich heard about this book while listening to NPR on his drive home one afternoon. It intrigued him, so he requested it from the library. As soon as hRich heard about this book while listening to NPR on his drive home one afternoon. It intrigued him, so he requested it from the library. As soon as he was finish it, he repeated back to me what I've said to him several times. "You've GOT to read this book. I'm not returning it until you do." When I finished The Book of Lies last night, Rich once again reminded me that it was there and I needed to read it. So this morning, I did.
A small town has been in the merciless grip of February for an incredibly long time. The book starts out with February banning flight. Birds fall from the skies. Balloons and kites are no longer able to soar. It is just another nail of dreariness that exists around their town. But a small group refuses to let this stand. They come together, wearing bird masks, with talk of how they should get rid of February. Thaddeus Lowe becomes their leader, and the leader of the War Council that the members of the town create, after February kidnaps his daughter Bianca from her bed. While the story is linear, it's not what one would describe as a typical story. It far more poetic than that. Each portion of the story is, at most, a page and a quarter long. It flits from view point to view point, even once taking you out of the story entirely. There are several pages that hold only one sentence or one word. It's a winding path that, for those with various depressive disorders, can understand well.
This book IS a fictional look at what SAD (seasonal affective disorder) sufferers go through in the winter months. The sufferer can see themselves as every one of the characters presented, from Thaddeus Lowe who fights until he has lost everything, to February who states that he does not want to be as mean as he is being. I, for one, was able to recognize a lot of my own feelings in Shane Jones' writing.
That said, this is not a book for everyone. I suspect that it's one of those that you'll either love or hate but never feel ambivalent about. I do recommend it for those that suffer from depressive disorders, particularly SAD, and those that love them. The former may see themselves in the pages, while the later may understand a little more what their loved one deals with during the winter months....more
I still remember finding these books on the bookshelf of my town library. I was a Brownie at the time and finding fiction about Brownies just excitedI still remember finding these books on the bookshelf of my town library. I was a Brownie at the time and finding fiction about Brownies just excited me beyond belief. I took the entire series several times to read and reread. I've thought about the books many times over the years but couldn't remember the name of the author, nor find anything like them in the libraries I visited.
I decided to check my library's Interlibrary Loan to see if I could find them in the wider world. I was in luck! Two of the books were able to be found and sent from a library in Illinois here to mine in Tennessee. I started, last night, with this one and finished it up this morning.
The Brownie Scouts in Rosedale are trying to make money for their troop, starting with sewing a quilt to be auctioned off. One of the girls, Veve, doesn't care much for sewing and instead tries to find another way for their troop to earn money. She finds an ad wanting cherry pickers at the local orchard, so she and her friend Connie travel out to the orchard to see if their troop will be hired. While the man they traveled to speak to was a horrid man and refused to hire them, they were able to be hired at the orchard across the street. The gentleman there was in dire straights since he didn't have enough pickers to get his cherries in in time. The Brownie Scouts come to the rescue! And while they're there, they help to solve a little mystery as well.
Rereading this brought me back to my youth. While many things are dated (it was written in 1950), a lot more of it fits with any age. Only a few of the girls really have fleshed out characters - primarily Veve and Connie - but the small group is a lot of fun to read about regardless. Especially with all the trouble the Veve manages to get herself into!...more
I'd originally read this wonderful book about 10 years ago and was impressed with it then. It had been in the back of my mind all this time and came tI'd originally read this wonderful book about 10 years ago and was impressed with it then. It had been in the back of my mind all this time and came to the forefront when I was reading through Book Lust for reading suggestions. I requested it and all it's sequels from the library. I picked them up yesterday and am glad to sink back into it.
This book will be a quick read, and you'll spend as much time looking at the artwork as you will reading it. The book is a series of postcards and letters between Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem, initiated by Sabine when she recognizes a piece of artwork that Griffin had created for his card business as something she'd seen in her imaginings. Thus begins a conversation between the two that is defies description. With each postcard, and then letter (which are written as pieces of paper you can remove from envelopes on the page), you learn more about both Griffin and Sabine and a hint at what connects them.
This is truly one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, both in concept and in story. It's one that, when Pete's a bit older and not into destroying everything he touches, I'd love to own just so I can reread it whenever I need a little magic in my life. Because that's what this book feels like to me - magic within the pages of a book....more