Deep Woods: the Story of Robert Frost by Peggy Caravantes is one of the wonderful books I acquired this year at our library’s annual book sale. This small volume provided me an opportunity to expand my knowledge of one of my favorite poets.
The book covers Frost’s entire life. I learned a great deal I never knew about his family and career. Clearly, Frost was a complex individual with deep convictions about life and personal responsibility to his family. Thanks to this book, I gained insight into his work as well. The Timeline in the back of the biography is very helpful.
Reading this book made me glad I “traveled by” the poetry table of discarded books at the sale this year!
Jojo Moyes has reinforced my admiration of her work with The Last Letter from Your Lover. Published in 2010, this fictional novel took a long time to capture my interest, but in the end, I came to like it a great deal.
This was a slow-going read for me. If you find it the same way, keep with it as the end justifies the wait. The story is about a woman in England who awakes with amnesia caused by an automobile accident. Everyone around her, including her wealthy husband, are strangers. Not long after the accident, a confused Jennifer discovers a handwritten love letter hidden among her things signed only with the letter “B”. The letter can’t be from her husband whose name is Laurence. So begins her search for a mysterious great love she cannot recollect.
The novel switches back and forth in time quite a bit. This I didn’t enjoy. However, as I said earlier, the end of the novel justifies the path taken to get there. If you are already familiar with Moyes’s work, I think you will enjoy this one as well.
If you can get your hands on a remaining copy, The Sisters by Myron Brinig is a book worth reading. Published in 1937, and made into a movie by the same name, this wonderful novel is about three attractive sisters who grew up in a small town in Montana during the early 20th century. Their father is a pharmacist and mother, a housewife. Together, they live in a small apartment over the drugstore.
The story is told by a young man who knew the family as a boy after an unexpected visit with the sisters many years later. Even though they are cut from the same cloth, the Elliott sisters are different individuals. They are strong women whose lives take dissimilar paths.
This is a wonderful book which captures more than the story of three lives; it immortalizes the life of a country at the turn of the century planting and expanding its roots in the soil of a growing nation. I hope you will be able to read it and enjoy it as much as I did. Oh how I love resurrecting old books!
Congratulations to Emma who won our February Book Giveaway of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards! Thank you to all who entered. We appreciate your participation.
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We will be giving away a paperback copy of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards at the end of this month. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. Good luck!
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The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer provided a quick, educational read for President’s Day this year. This little book includes 100 “tales from history to astonish, bewilder, and stupefy”. The book did not disappoint.
Beyer set out to clarify rumors and old wives tales told about many of our Presidents and I found them fun and interesting. I knew some of the stories, but many were new to me. Lincoln’s son Robert was in attendance when three presidents were shot. Obviously, he wasn’t the shooter, but what are the odds? John F Kennedy may have had a secret marriage prior to marrying Jackie? Really? Jerry Ford pardoned famous Civil War General Robert E. Lee? How did I miss that?
I think you will enjoy this book and the facts contained inside. Fact, especially when it comes to government officials, can be stranger than fiction!
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith is a fictional novel about a group of women called the Gold Star Mothers. Based on the diary of Colonel Thomas Hammond who acted as a tour guide in the early 1930’s, the book recreates a story about a fictional group of American Gold Star Mothers who travel at the expense of the U.S. government to Verdun, France to visit the graves of their sons who died and were buried there during World War I.
I truly enjoyed this book. Especially since the history of the battles fought in Verdun are described within the text. My grandfather fought in France and was in Paris on the day the Armistice Agreement was signed, so this story meant a great deal to me on a personal level. The more I read about the horrors of the War to End All Wars, the more I wonder how another World War followed. Even though I am knowledgeable about the economic reasons, it is still emotionally difficult to comprehend.
The characters in the book are notable, believable, and the story well written. If you are interested in learning more about World War I and the Gold Star Mothers, I think you will like this book. It is a heartfelt reminder of the true casualties of war.