A new cozy mystery series for me, my sister picked up A Likely Story while we were on vacation. I like that the main character is a librarian sleuth who falls into the middle of murders and then is always one step ahead of the cops. Fast moving and a little too easy to forget this one will stay on my radar as a series because I wanted to pick it up multiple times a day so that's a winner in my 'book'.
I read Yang's Boxers and Saints and then American Born Chinese. All very good portraits of Chinese life, B&S of the historical Boxer Rebellion and then ABC of Chinese immigrants and their descendants- the Chinese Americans, and how their culture shapes who they are. I especially enjoyed ABC because it shows Yang moving from an awkward young American adult who is further ostracized from society because his is Chinese to a young adult who is embracing his heritage.
Boxers and Saints is a young adult graphic novel telling of the Boxer Rebellion. I don't think I've ever read anything like it. Not only does it tell the story from two sides, it weaves the two characters together and leaves the reader wondering how two people from very similar beginnings can end up so far from understanding each other. Heartbreaking and intriguing, a quick YA graphic read.
Last summer I read Gerber's Death by Bikini so this summer I took Death by Latte to the beach and it continued Aphra's story. This one takes her to Seattle and develops her mother's story and finds Aphra witness to yet another murder- this one by Latte. A good cozy young adult mystery that is a page turner and in the end sets up the next Bikini murder story that I hope to pick up next summer.
Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. I've read most of her writing and Prodigal Summer continues the experience of her beautiful writing. She is a master storyteller and in Prodigal Summer she weaves many characters and families together around a mountain and valley in Kentucky, tobacco country. Perfect time to read this story of summer, coyotes, chestnut trees, and goats. How she could make all this something I couldn't wait to pick up and read about I don't know but it was a lovely read and one I'll recommend often.
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!