Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Publisher: Penguin Books
Set in the 60’s when civil unrest was at its height, Martin Luther King was making his famous speech, and black Americans began to make a stand, even at great personal risk. Jackson, Mississippi is a seat of KKK power, and working coloured people feared for their lives.
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Perfume, The Story of A Murderer by Patrick Süskind
This books full title is Perfume, The Story of a Murderer which is a very accurate description. However, the title in itself is also ambiguous. How is something so inconspicuous as perfume associated with the violence of murder?
The story straight away won me over because it is set in eighteenth century Paris. For me there is no better era to set a book; why pick anything else? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born into the most stench filled place on earth, a Paris slum, but he has the most sublime gift, an absolute sense of smell. He can smell everything, things that to you and me have no odour whatsoever. Not only that, he can remember every smell and he catalogues each carefully away in his mind to create the most exquisite perfumes.
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A book about reading . . . a book about a reading obsession . . . a book about a woman who would rather read than do just about anything else, who almost requires books just to survive? Sounds like my kind of book. In fact, it almost sounds like it might be about me (although my horses, my dogs, music and hiking give the books a run for their money on most days too).
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Edenland is the evocative title of an evocative novel set in the early days of the US Civil War. Its story plunges us into the Great Dismal Swamp that straddles Virginia and North Carolina, and never quite allows us to escape the treacherous waters that threaten to engulf its protagonists.
The Great Dismal and other swamps were places where runaway slaves could hide from their pursuers. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s second novel, after Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (1856). Thus, the literary and historical sources of Edenland flow across the years in currents swift, deep and wide.
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Read from July 01 to 03, 2015 — I own a copy
Synopsis: Imagine feeling like an outsider. Now imagine feeling like an outsider in your own family.
The troubled son of a callous father and socialite mother determines his own meaning of success after learning shocking family secrets that cause him to rethink who he is and where heʼs going. In Lee Winekoop’s reinvention of himself he discovers that lifeʾs bitter circumstances can actually give rise to meaningful consequences.
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This is my first installment in the Re-read Challenge since signing up or it in January, and here’s what I’ve learned through this challenge so far: I am great at rereading books and terrible at writing about them. I originally committed to 12 books, but I think I’m going to scale back to 6, which puts me at least a little bit more on track…
But anyway. Let’s talk about Girlfriend in a Coma. It’s a weird one, but a good one.
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The Summer That Melted Everything: A Novel by Tiffany McDaniel
Published by St. Martin’s Press on July 26, 2016
Genres: Family Life, Literary
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
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…all my strongest memories of Sophie were of her leaving…
Sophie Stark, our eponymous antihero, is a visionary filmmaker whose searing genius and determination leads her to create movies of unparalleled rawness “as if an alien had come down and filmed humans and shown us what we were like so much more honestly than any other human could”.
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Well, what a special novel this is. I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like it, and I certainly didn’t expect it to be so unique. I love it, and a quarter of the way through I wasn’t sure I was going to.
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What an amazing book. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read this treasure. 5 stars! This is going straight to my all time favourite book list, for sure.
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