Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from Dawsey, a native of Guernsey, a British island occupied by the Nazis. What begins is a series of wonderful correspondence between many individuals that is sure to warm your heart and open your eyes to the tragedy of World War II. A good read.
he House of Peine Winery has been in the family for generations. Clementine worked tirelessly for years next to her aged father to keep the business afloat. When he dies she finds herself sharing the estate with a hated half sister and another sister she knew nothing about. These sisters must turn from hatred of each other to cooperation to save the family vineyard. As an added feature, the reader will learn alot about wine making, especially champagne.
Veronica's life is falling apart fast. She's failing her pre-med classes, her job as a dorm assistant and her boyfriend wants a commitment she's not ready to make. And then the biggest shocker of all - her parents are getting a divorce. Unable to handle all of this, she makes some very poor choices which have some long range effects. When her mom needs help, Veronica is forced to look at everything in a different way. Some language.
Taking place in the early 80's, this story is about a thirteen year-old boy, Henry. He is discovering his own sexuality and what that means in his world around him. A child of divorce, he lives alone with his mom Adelle and has a skewed sense of the world as a result. Adelle enters an unusual relationship over the Labor Day weekend and it has so much intensity, it manages to alter Henry's life forever This book deals with relationships, agrophobia, sexuality and so much more. Interesting-coming-of-age book.
The sight of this book is often followed by the phrase, "I love this book" and I feel the same way! Set in Jackson, Miss. in the early 1960's, Skeeter Jackson has just returned home to her parents cotton farm with a college degree and dreams of becoming a writer. Her mother however will not be satisfied with any of her accomplishments until Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Normally Skeeter would find comfort from Constantine, her family's black maid who raised her, but she is gone and no one will tell her why. Skeeter gets a job writing a cleaning column in the local newspaper, and having no idea how to clean herself she seeks out the help of her friends maid, Aibileen. From there she gets the idea to write a collection of stories about what its like to be a black maid working for a white family. With the civil rights movement growing, this project becomes far riskier than Skeeter ever intended and crosses lines that define her town and society as a whole. The audio version is a great way to enjoy the characters and dialect, as it is cast in four different voices.
Danny Pickett and his father Ross are mountain men that live off of the land. Mr Haggin, a neighbor is a very rich farmer who has many hobbies; horses, cattle and Irish Setters. When Danny sets eyes on the dog Red, it's love for both man and beast. Big read is a wonderful story about a young man and his dog.
Have you every wondered what happens to people after they have been in a horrific car accident? You have read about the incidents in the newspaper, but seldom hear about the survivors. This novel introduces you to a large number of characters and puts them on an expressway on the way to weddings, meetings of old loves, affairs, and family gatherings. They are involved in a multi-car pile-up on the highway and this is the story about their lives after the accident and how it changed them forever.
This story takes place in New York City in 1978. Six-grader Miranda, who would not be caught without her copy of "A Wrinkle in Time", lives with her mother, who is preparing to be a participant in the tv show "$20,000 Pyramid". Miranda receives a series of mysterious notes from an unknown writer. At first the notes are frightening because they claim they want to save her life. But as Miranda starts putting together clues in the notes and her everyday experiences, she begins to realize that the author of these notes must know the future. A compelling story that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Winner of 2010 Newberr Medal.
Winter Garden is a heartbreaking story within a story. Meredith and Nina grew up with a loving father and a very distant mother. They never understood their mother's silence or her disapproval toward them. Their father kept the family together and on his deathbed he asks Anya to tell her daughters the story of her life. They knew she was Russian, but had never heard the shocking story of her escape from Leningrad in 1941. What begins as a fairy tale ends in the dramatic story of her time in a German prison camp, her rescue by an American soldier, and her loss of her Russian family. Gripping images give you an idea of the atrocities of war.
Michael Everett lost his wife, Hannah, a year ago. Still grieving, on the one year anniversary of her death, Hannah's brother hands him a letter written by Hannah. In the letter, Hannah encourages Michael to begin living again and includes a list of three women she thinks would potentially be good candidates for his wife for the remainder of his years