I admit, I did not realize the title was a reference to a Tupac saying until I read the conversation in the novel. I also did not notice the acronym of THUG, even after seeing this cover a million times before finally reading it. The topic is a weighty one. Violence against the black community by police officers, violence in the black community among themselves, gang violence and the inevitable choice so many community members must make- all of these are difficult, heavy, and beg to be discussed. And so Thomas tackles one family's story of what to do when your stories travel in and out of all those various troubled areas. Starr has to make difficult choices not only for herself but for her family and her friends and there is no one answer that will solve the large problem she is facing as a young black member of society at large.
Audacity was one of our summer reading choices. The historical poetic novel helps one understand what it was like for these young immigrants who know America has something for them but were being abused by the system. An enthralling read with end notes of interviews with the family of the woman who inspired the story.
At Cincinnati's Books By the Banks last year I bought Muddy Mouth and my sister bought Sneak Thief in the Dog Park Mystery series. I loved them!! Both set in Cincinnati suburbs, it is fun to read the characters visiting places we visit. The dogs make the story even more enjoyable. I am an avid cozy mystery fan and adding the local lore makes this series a winner in my book :)
A fun read, like the One for the Money series, Crusie knows how to spin a story. This is good chick lit with some dog love and a little romance mixed in to complete the journey.
I probably won't be adding this to the high school library just yet. Maybe if I pick it up at a second hand store.
This young adult novel centers on football and reads like The Outsiders. Although no time is given it feels set back in the 70's or 80's. The high school main character needs football to change his life and it is on track to take him out of his small town and to the big university. If only he can make his own decisions and stay out of trouble. It has all the workings of a beloved novel: the underdog, the girl he might be able to love and who might love him back, the dream of a bigger future, and enough football to keep us reading. Enjoyable and thought provoking up until the last page.
Insightful read about what makes trends and ideas stick. Murray State Honors College all read 2017 and I can see why. Gladwell explains the different kinds of people who make the process of trends work. Our book club will be reading this book this year also and I think we'll have a great discussion.
Such a good book, Klebold does a superb job of explaining her family leading up to Columbine, through the tragedy, and how she has continued living. Heart wrenching words of a mother's love and responsibility help us empathize with everyone affected by Columbine and hopefully help it from ever happening again. This book is unsettling but necessary as we are all human beings in one community.
I loved Baldacci's Christmas Train and Wish You Well but this one not so much. I hung around for the unique storyline- a terminally ill guy's wife is tragically killed in an accident on the night he is prepared to die. He makes a miraculous recovery and proceeds to take his kids to his wife's childhood home and repairs it. I like the storyline, the characters, the twists, so I'm not sure why I didn't love this one but, alas, I just didn't. I'll read more Baldacci though because Christmas Train is one of my all time favorites.
Muddy Mouth- I picked this up at the Cincinnati Books By Banks last year and I loved it! This isn't the first in the series, I distinctly remember the author talking me into not starting with the first but the latest. I will go back and read them all. The local setting was really fun and the story line led me to a very satisfying mystery murder ending. Although the characters and places might be reoccurring I loved that the story didn't end on a cliff hanger.
Summer People- A summer read about a northern beach town with lots of money, except for Nathan who isn't fitting in with the locals. The story is a reminiscent of The Great Gatsby with Nathan living among the upper class but not being accepted into their world. His relationships move the story along and head to his inevitable downfall. An interesting summer read.
My all time favorite book is Fannie Flagg's Daisy Faye and the Miracle Man. It is laugh out loud funny. This is another winner by Flagg. She manages to inform the reader of a little know group of women in World War 2 who flew planes. The format is a bit different because it starts in present day with a character who is unaware she is related to one of these women. Flagg uses her mastery of creating zany characters who have a great sense of humor to interest the reader in a part of history that often holds no humor. I enjoyed the read but not as much as her other works.
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!