The story of Mae Lee, a Southern woman trying to make it on her own during World War II. This is the story of her life and the struggle of trying to keep her farm going. It's an enjoyable story. I found that it loses it's focus a bit in the middle, but it's well worth finishing.
Lamott's got a very different writing style and this book took a long time to get rolling. It's a bit fragmented. When I started to envision myself sitting in Jessie's Cafe and listening to the different conversations, I started to enjoy the book alot more. Half way through the book it become more cohesions, the characters more real, and I couldn't stop reading.
If you want a traditional story with a well constructed and obvious plot, you'll be disappointed with this book.
The tale of a midwife put on trial when she loses a mother during child birth. It's told from the perspective of her daughter looking back (she was a teenager at the time) and from the diaries of the midwife.
It's intense and thought provoking. The author does an excellent job of presenting all sides of the ordeal. You see it from the perspective of the midwife, the daughter, the widower, the midwife's apprentice, the lawyers, the medical establishment, and the midwife community. You are kept in suspense until the very end. An excellent book!
If you've read Pride and Prejudice you will be pleased with Mr. Darcy's Daughters. Elizabeth Aston has done a great job of being true to the original tale. Though it's written in a contemporary style, it is a worthy sequel.
I found it to be one of those books I hated to see end. The main character, Camilla Darcy, became like an old friend. She is such a likeable character that you get angry when other plot against her.
The story is very enjoyable. What a wonderful book!
Naturalist, John Muir, takes us on his first journey through the Sierra's, including his beloved Yosemite. If you're interested in a first hand account of what is was like before all the weekend travellers settled in, you'll enjoy Muir's story.
This is the story of a peasant family living in a small village in India. The modern world is encroaching as a huge tannery moves into town.
The story is told through the voice of the mother of the family. Her family is very poor. They rent their land and try to grow enough rice and vegetables to make it through the year. It's a cruel life. However, the family considers themselves better off than others who don't even have the land to work.
This book is well written. It's is strangely uplifting despite the despair of such a harsh life. The style reminded me of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth.
This is the story of a group of school friends now in middle age. They rally round a member when she fears her husband is cheating on her.
The characters are likable and real. The plot is well constructed. It slips from present to past with ease. Smith has serious themes, but her style is also quite funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times.
A well written story of a teenager who leaves behind everything she has known in order to find out something about her mother's past. This is the type of story where the characters become your friends. You can't wait to read it and you hate to see the story end.