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24) Pirates Past Noon Mary Pope Osborne

25) A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor. While these are hard to read with some of the stereo-types and language used, the stories themselves are very well written, funny and the characters are rich and complex. She lived a short life and died of Lupus when she was only 39! 

post #22 of 26

Medicine Road by Charles De Lint

It is always nice to get a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. I’ve liked almost everything from Charles De Lint, but I must say Seven Wild Sisters the book that comes before this one, was definitely not one of my favourites. Although it is part of the Newford series, this story takes place in the Southwest. It can be read without reading the entire series.

I do not have time to go into it more but I am pasting a review from CDL’s site below:

http://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/medicine-desc01.htm

Booklist, April 2004:
Coyote Woman gives a red dog and a jackalope the chance to enrich their lives by enabling them to assume human shape. They have 100 years to find mates who love them unconditionally, or neither gets to keep the gift. Although Alice Corn Hair has found her true love, Jim Changing Dog hasn't been able to commit to one woman, and there's less than a month left for him to find his soul mate. Enter twins Laurel and Bess Dillard, two of de Lint's Seven Wild Sisters (2002), who are touring the Southwest playing old-timey music and selling CDs. In Tucson they meet Jim, who falls for Bess. De Lint adroitly and believably meshes the world we live in and the spirit world, and his lyrical descriptions of desert and canyon take us directly into the ambience of the Southwest, adding much to the charm of this first-in-a-series short novel that is already well-laced with humor, romance, and Native American mythology and nicely complemented by World Fantasy Award-winner Charles Vess' black-and-white illustrations.

 

post #23 of 26

 

Bloodroot, Greene

 

Quote:
loodroot is that rare sort of family saga that feels intimate instead of epic. Set in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, it’s told largely in tandem voices that keep watchful eyes on Myra Lamb. She is a child of the mountain, tied to the land in ways that mystify and enchant those around her. There’s magic to Myra--perhaps because she has the remarkable blue eyes foretold by a nearly-forgotten family curse--but little fantasy to her life. Bloodroot is as much about the Lambs as it is about a place, one that becomes ever more vivid as generations form, break free, and knit back together. Its characters speak plainly but true, they are resilient and flawed and beautiful, and there's a near-instant empathy in reading their stories, which--even in their most visceral moments--are alluring and wonderful.

 

post #24 of 26

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

 

This sequel to Shanghai Girls is Lisa See's best book yet -- Pearl's adopted daughter Joy runs away to China to find her father and to "serve the people." Little does she know what she's in for when she ends up in a commune in the country working in the fields. The story alternates from Joy and her struggles in communist China to Pearl who is desperate to find and rescue her daughter. Another unforgettable story, as well as a heart-breaking and horrifying glimpse of a little known part of Chinese history.

post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 

Sounds good Cathe!  I need to catch up on her books.  I think I've only read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan so far....

 

 

 

Here's the link to June's thread.

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1315817/june-book-challenge-2011#post_16479900

 

 

I'll be over there soon posting my big ol' pile o' books I've read and not posted for ages lol.gif

post #26 of 26

66. The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman
67.Horton Halfpott or The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset by Tom Angleberger
68. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
69. I Was . . . I AM by Allison Moore
70.Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
71.The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
72.The Memorist by M. J. Rose
73.The Bronze and the Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman
74. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
75. Revelations by Laurel Dewey

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