This book, Dead Wake, by Erik Larson was the best I’ve read in awhile! Larson keeps the reader on the edge of one’s seat, as he recounts the thrilling tale of the fate of the Lusitania. Although this book is nonfiction, Larson manages to make it read like fiction as he did in Devil in the White City and In The Garden of Beasts. In May 1915, as a historic luxury liner heads from N.Y. to Liverpool, the officials of the Cunard line manage to ignore warnings about German subterfuge, and depart from N.Y. Harbor with a record number of children aboard. We know the outcome of the voyage of the Lusitania, but there are many thrilling facts and near misses which are imparted in this fascinating account of the event which was a catalyst for U.S. involvement in WWI.
Faithful Place by Tana French is part of the Dublin Murder Squad series–set in Ireland. It has excellent character development and was the library March title for discussion. Most who attended liked it and several had read others by French.
On Eagle Pond by Donald Hall, who was the fourteenth Poet Laureate, is a collection of essays which was published in 2007. This is one of many books I have sitting around the house. It suddenly called out to me, and I’m so glad I read it–a wonderful collection about Hall’s return to his family homestead in N.H. It’s about nature, the seasons, and living the rural life. Also, I realized as I read On Eagle Pond, that I was familiar with Hall’s work. In the late 70’s his poem, Ox-Cart Man, was made into an award winning book for children. Recently, Hall had published, Essays After Eighty, which I’ve not read. He is 86 now and no longer writes poetry. I found his work very entertaining.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is classified as a young adult novel. It is set on a small private island off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard where there is a family ‘village’. The extended family gets together every summer–including the ‘liar’ cousins. One summer there is a mysterious accident, and then two years later,young Cadence returns to the island with debilitating headaches and wonders why family relationships are strained. The reader is gradually exposed to the family dysfunction and how the cousins responded. It will leave you shocked! I would not suggest it for young teens. There are some ‘adult’ topics, and overall, it is a disturbing story.
Effortless Healing by David Perlmutter is a book which I requested for review. It sounds like an intriguing concept, but any program which requires one to give up eating breakfast, avoid whole grains, most types of fish, and conventional yogurt doesn’t seem like a practical plan for me. I know that many people are gluten sensitive, so this program may appeal to many, just not me. I did like the fact that the author says that eating butter and fats like olive oil , eggs, coconut oil is OK.