And Laughter Fell From the Sky by Jyotsna Sreenivasan - When dutiful daughter Rasika falls in love with Abhay, an old family friend who is everything an Indian-American son shouldn't be, she must decide whether or not she can turn her back on the family rules she has always tried hard to follow.
Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes.
Marvelous affirmation of transformative power of literature in the education of anyone, "Among Others" is celebration of fantasy&sci-fi as literature, worthy of recognition by readership far beyond fanbases. If you love books & understand how they can inspire & sustain, read this--not merely a love letter for fantasy&sci fi, but also a coming-of-age story showing how one finds refuge in power of written word & in expanding social network of like-minded fans--Book I can adapt for ScSc
Allen wrote Garden Spells in 2007, and eight whole years later—in January 2015—she published this sequel because readers kept asking her what happened next? and she was eager to revisit the Waverly sisters. Not quite as enchanting as Garden Spells, but still worth reading.
The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke…