Saturday, May 2, 2009

Recent Reading

Those Who Saved Us by Jenna Blum is a fictional, but all too believable, account of a German woman who lives through the hell of World War II by doing whatever it might take to keep herself and her daughter alive. It also stories the impact on her daughter as she finds out her mother's secrets. It's very sad and at the same time life affirming.

I thought that Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos would be kind of a light read. It is essentially a romance but with and added fairy tale like element from the perspective a young girl who is trying to find her parents.

Now that HBO is running the series, I decided to re-read the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. The TV version was striking me as very similar in impression to what I had remembered about the books, but I'm finding that the books are richer than I had remembered. I'm enjoying and appreciating them more with the second reading.

I just finished reading Jodi Piccoult's Handle With Care. I thought it was pretty typical JP--topical, prodigiously researched, and sadly soul numbing. To me, she has an odd JerrySpringeresque take on life but I still get sucked in.

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