#2 The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
Pretty good story about an Englishwoman in China after WWII--it reminded me a lot of Empire of the Sun b/c the story went back and forth with pre-war, during war, and after war storyline.
#3 Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Wanted to love, story about a group of teenagers, mostly girls, in rural Mexico. Their town is mostly women b/c almost all of the men are in the US working. Gangsters have taken over their town, so the girls go on a quest to the US to find men to bring back and fight the gangsters for their town. Kind of a modern Ulysses quest type story. Pretty good, didn't LOVE it though.
#4 The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Memoir about a woman who left NYC and married an organic farmer and established a farm in upstate NY. Humorous, real, gritty.
#5 On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Still liking the series. We're excited to read the next one.
#6 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Lots of good ideas. I enjoyed it, and even tried to do a few of the things she tried/recommended.
#7 Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Story about the first Native American to attend Yale back in colonial times when Yale was still just one or two big wooden buildings. I love Geraldine Brooks, I think she is most amazing writer. Really liked this book.
#8 The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon
Non-fiction about a woman who helped her family survive the Taliban rule in Afghanistan by establishing a livingroom sewing business. Pretty amazing what they did to survive.
#9 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Non-fiction about the cells of an African American woman that were cultured and now are used throughout the world in pretty much all cell cultures. The story goes back and forth between chapters about her family before and after the cells, and the science of the topic. Very fascinating and great discussion topic on ethics, etc.
#10 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Could not put it down. Loved.
#11 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
#12 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
#13 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
boring and egotistical