When life gets you down try looking at what others are going through. You may realize that your troubles are minuscule compared to theirs. Reading the memoir When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi made me sad, but also gave food for thought on life and how precious each day is.
They say patience is a virtue, and you are really put to the test with Liane Moriarty's new book titled Truly Madly Guilty. Six responsible adults, three cute kids, and one small dog are all enjoying a neighborhood barbecue. Something happens at the barbecue, but you are kept hanging until halfway through the book before you find out what it is. In my opinion - this one is truly, madly, intriguing.
Relativity by Antonia Hayes is a novel for people who enjoy stories about family relationships such as those by Jodi Picoult. It is also a good book for anyone interested in the subject of savants. Twelve-year-old Ethan lives in Sydney, Australia with his mother Claire and is brilliant in physics and astronomy. Claire has not told Ethan anything about his father Mark until Ethan has a seizure which sends him to the hospital. Then the story comes out that Mark was convicted of shaking Ethan and causing brain damage when Ethan was 4 months old.
Lower Town Fond du Lac, circa 1800s, was located at Scott Street Landing. There, where the road met the river, workers from nearby lumber mills and foundries poured into 24-hour saloons and nearly every night somebody was up to no good.
Classic literature buffs are sure to enjoy this book. In Plotted: A Literary Atlas, author and San Francisco-based illustrator Andrew DeGraff has created 19 idiosyncratic and highly detailed maps based on the landscapes and locales in popular literature that offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds. Each chapter begins with a short essay by the book's editor Daniel Harmon with a somewhat philosophical look at some great classics.
Tracy Chevalier’s latest book At the Edge of the Orchard is set in the 1830’s and 1850’s in Ohio and California. One of the reasons that I like to read historical fiction is that I learn new things. And I learned new things about apple trees, redwoods, sequoias, and the real life people--Johnny Appleseed, William Lobb, and Billie Lapham from At the Edge of the Orchard.
Sherryl Woods is one of my all-time favorite authors. If you enjoy reading appealing, character-driven stories infused with the flavor and fragrance of the South, her Sweet Magnolia novels can't be beat. I just finished Where Azaleas Bloom and could not put it down. With all the turmoil in the world today, sometimes it helps to escape to a small town setting where everyone pulls together to help those in need.