- member since January 11, 2011
Hey, Helen, it's finally the weekend and I get on-board with Shelfari. I signed in and was really impressed with how many books you have recently read. Our book is just finishing, and will review on Sunday, Jodi Picoult's "House Rules." It's the journey of a late teen with Aspergers. It kept me wondering the whole time "who dunnit?" It's well written, as usual and I would recommend it. Our club has recently read "Pigs in Heaven," "The Chili Queen" (very interesting), "The Purple Hibiscus," "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan." I would definitely recommend "Snow Flower...." Our next book is "The Guardian" by Nicholas Sparks. I don't do as much recreational reading as others, in part due to the fact that I have try to keep up with my school reading - "Black Boy," The ARt of Racing in the Rain," and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime." There are more..... This will be fun to stay in touch. Good to see you and Nia recently.
I think that all of her books are charming in different ways. The first, which you will find as “Daisy Fay and the miracle man”, captures very well the maturity of the heroine/narrator. It starts out when she is about nine or 10, and concludes in her early 20s. The others are all slices of life in the South, mostly small towns. Probably the darkest in mood, aside from “fried Green tomatoes”, is “Redbird Christmas”, which is about a man who believes he is about to die. There are very life embracing themes and all of them. I think “Daisy Fay” will always remain my favorite.
The picture is of Buster, our gnome at Balsam Hollow. Buster had a near death experience when we got him. I picked him up years ago at Bachman's on Highway 55. When Dick was carrying him out to the truck to take up to the lake, he dropped him, and Buster' s legs broke off. Also the tip of his cap. Some plaster, some glue, some craft paint, and he was good as ever. Dick named him Buster, as in “Buster butt and get out in the yard to work.”