Good Reads 100 Best Books Ever Written
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This minimalist, best-of-the-best summer reading guide is just 5 books, because the hardest part is deciding what to read next.
The Next Place. One of the best children's books about death. I got it for them, but it's helping me so much. Just beautiful.
The Peach Keeper: A Novel: Sarah Addison Allen
Another great holocaust era pick
The Invisible Bridge (Vintage Contemporaries) great book!
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 · rating details · 14,154 ratings · 3,507 reviews Twelve-year-old CeeCee is in trouble. For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille— the crown-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. Though it’s 1967 and they live in Ohio, Camille believes it’s 1951 and she’s just been crowned the Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia.
Saving CeeCee Honeycut
How many people have waited here, I think. How many people have sat here where I am sitting now and waited for news of their loved ones. I cannot help imagining what those jaundiced walls have seen. What they know. What they remember. Tears, shouts, or relief. Hope, pain, or joy. (tatiana de rosnay, a secret kept)
Atonement by Ian McEwan: In 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, accusing Robbie of a heinous crime. As the Tallis family is wealthy and Robbie is the cleaning lady’s son, class distinction plays a significant role in the proceedings. For those interested in the facts of war, the descriptions of Robbie’s experiences in France during WWII are grimly realistic.
A child's jealousy turns into a scandalous rumor hurting the ones she loves.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier: It is 1864, and Inman escapes from a war hospital and starts walking back to Cold Mountain in order to reach Ada. Meanwhile, Ada struggles to save her mountain farm with the help of Ruby, an illiterate but efficient farmer. Like GWTW, Frazier’s novel is character-driven, dramatic, romantic, and has a strong sense of place.
An escapee from a war hospital struggling to save her mountain farm.
The Known World by Edward P Jones
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See: Like Stockett, See writes thought-provoking novels about women who use what little freedom they have to subvert the oppressive system in which they are forced to live. Her novels are compelling, layered, and character centered. In this story of female friendship set in 19th century China, an elderly woman and her companion communicate through a unique secret language.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
While rounding up newborn calves during a 1987 blizzard, Nathan Shellenberger, the sheriff of Small Plains, and his teenage sons, Rex and Patrick, discover the frozen naked body of a beautiful teenage girl. Later, Nathan and "Doc" Reynolds bash the girl's face to an unrecognizable pulp. Mitch, another teen, is forced to leave town when he confesses what he's seen. Lots of twists and turns in the great adult read. A satisfying read as lots of loose ends are neatly drawn together by book's end.
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. The man convicted of murdering Jody's father, Billy Crosby, is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father's innocence. As Jody revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family's tragic past.
Feb. pick for book club The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together—the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through forty eventful years, there’s