Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela's AshesThis was a sad view of one family in war time Ireland. I felt depressed reading it, yet was hooked. I kept reading with the hope that their circumstances would improve. They never really did, but their human spirit rises up and carries on with hope that things will get better.

Reviewed by Tracy

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The Beautiful MysteryThe beautiful mystery is what the monks call their chanting because it takes people to a place of peace, touched by God. Their peace is broken when a murder occurs in the monastery. There is no peace in the investigating officers ranks, nor in the mind of the inspector who is a newly recovered drug addict. This story reminds me that I too am continually seeking peace in my life.

Reviewed by Tracy

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

Angry HousewivesFor any current bookclub members or want-to-be’s, this story will leave you thinking,”If only I could be in a club like this.” These totally different people bond through books as their lives entwine with each other and with the characters in the book.

Reviewed by Tracy

Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin by Nancy Atherton

Find in catalogThis was such a great read. The author’s descriptions of people and places makes you feel if you were right there. Not a lot of concentration is needed, which makes it a great read when you have¬†limited time.

Reviewed by Tracy

The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

I cannot believe this is on the reading list. This was a sad and disturbing book. The only happiness is at the end when the characters escape from the horrible evil person they are living with.  There is already so much darknes and sadness in this world that we do not need anymore. I find this very hard to recommend.

Reviewed by Tracy

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

Falling Angel by Hjortsberg reminds me of noir crime literature, with tough guy, private eye Harry Angel. The story starts with Angel hired to find a person missing for fifteen years. As you travel with him in his investigation you can picture all the wonderful places in New York. This is not for the faint of heart, for the murders are pretty descriptive. The best part is the unseen twist at the end.

Reviewed by Tracy

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

As we watch 12 year old David grow up and accept the life he was given we get thrown into a world of John Connolly’s imagination. John Connolly puts a new spin on Grimm’s Fairy Tales and teaches us a new way to experience our own imagination. It reminded me of what it was like to be a child trying to live in an adult world.

Reviewed by Tracy