Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September Reading List

Change of Heart
by Jodi Picoult

Where to even begin to describe this interesting, layered book? June Nealon lost her first husband in a car accident, and her second husband and daughter murdered by their handyman, Shay Bourne. June was seven months pregnant at the time, and her second daughter was born with a heart defect. Talk about bad luck! The story is told from various perspectives: the priest who was on Shay Bourne's jury and becomes his spiritual advisor, Shay's ACLU lawyer who tries to get him an execution by hanging rather than lethal injection (so that he can be an organ donor and give his heart to June's second daughter), and from another inmate in the cell next to Shay's - among others. I listened to this full-cast recording on audio. It was a little longer than necessary - as Picoult's books often are - but definitely interesting. There is a weird side-story about miracles that Shay seems to be performing, making religious fundamentalists believe he is the Messiah.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
by Lauren Willig

This is about the most elusive spy of all time called The Pink Carnation. In the vein of The Scarlet Pimpernell, The Pink Carnation takes up at the end of the French Revolution and tries to thwart Napoleon’s plans. It has just enough detail to be informative and to make sense of the story, but without being dry or boring. The characters and their dialogue are interesting, and funny at times. Love it! Recommended!

by Ally Condie

Cassia has been matched to Xander. This is almost unheard of, since they grew up together. Most matches are between people in different parts of the country. The Society knows best, though, so Cassia and Xander are happy about their matching. Why, then, can't Cassia get Ky out of her mind?

Not My Daughter
by Barbara Delinsky

Susan Tate, a respected high school principal, is questioned about her parenting abilities when her daughter is part of a pregnancy pact. That's right, not one but THREE pregnant teenagers! All bright, responsible, well-behaved young women. Susan's job is on the line, and the fact that she, herself, was a teenage mother is also brought up. Thank goodness Susan has close friendships to help her through this hard time. Barbara Delinsky is one of my go-to authors for what I call "brain candy."

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