Comfortably Unaware by Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander
Talks about how your food choices affect the environment.
1) A Falcon for a Queen, Catherine Gaskin
2) Peace Like a River Leif Engel
3) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
4) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
5) Little Bee Chris Cleave
6) The Lost Gate, Orson Scott Card
7) Gail Carriger does some great steam punk, "Blameless" was recent read
8) In the Bleak Midwinter, Julia Spencer-Fleming
9) Guardian Of The Darkness (Moribito) by Nahoko Uehashi with the kids
10) The Zoo Keeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman.
11) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
12) Quest For The Spark Tom Sniegoski graphic novels.with the kids.
13) Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez- I really enjoyed his writing. Some very beautiful lines and connections between people were so detailed and intricate. How he demonstrates the love one of the main characters for another has was interesting and beyond obsessive. I was uncomfortable with some of the liaisons (one was with a minor). I know it is a work of fiction, but I work with kids and I would have been all over that old man beating his you know what. It took me a while to read so it slowed down my progress some.
The Adulteress by Leslie MarGolin
This is based on true events -- a woman's affair with her chauffeur spins out of control when she becomes pregnant and his jealousy escalates. Very well-written and pretty creepy . . . reminded me a bit of Lolita as it is told from her point of view and she really thinks she is not doing anything wrong.
Once a Runner
Wee Free Men, Pratchett
Tiffany, an extremely competent nine-year-old, takes care of her irritating brother, makes good cheese on her father's farm, and knows how to keep secrets. When monsters from Fairyland invade her world and her brother disappears, Tiffany, armed only with her courage, clear-sightedness, a manual of sheep diseases, and an iron frying pan, goes off to find him. Her search leads her to a showdown with the Fairy Queen. It is clear from the beginning that Tiffany is a witch, and a mighty powerful one. The book is full of witty dialogue and a wacky cast of characters, including a toad (formerly a lawyer). Much of the humor is supplied by the alcohol-swilling, sheep-stealing pictsies, the Wee Free Men of the title, who are six-inches high and speak in a broad Scottish brogue.
April thread is here: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1306488/april-book-challenge
Sefafina’s Stories by Rudolfo Anaya
What a delight to come upon this book! Anaya has been one of my favourite writer ever since I read Bless me Ultima years ago; however I have not loved all his novels since.
Serifna’s stories takes place in the 1600's Santa Fe when New Mexico was the northern most province of New Spain. Based on the history of clashes between the Spanish and Native Americans, 12 Pueblo men are rounded up and face trial on charges of plotting a revolution against Spain. One is actually a young 15 year old girl named Serafina! Like
Scheherazade in 1001 Nights, Serafina agrees to tell a story to the governor and if he likes the story, he must agree to release one prisoner. Serafina is an excellent storyteller, so by the end of 11 nights all prisoners are released. The tales she tells are real “Cuentos” from New Mexico. Some of them are similar to European Fairy tales but have been New Mexicanized, for example there is one story that bears a resemblance to Cinderella, but instead of a good fairy the Virgin Mary helps! Other stories originated in the Indian subcontinent made their way to New Mexico via Persia then Spain but have Hispanic and Pueblo characters. . Although this particular governor never existed, the problems as well as the peaceful coexistence between Pueblo and Spanish did. This novel is a great way to read about the history and culture of the Southwest. One could be for any age to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it