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Interviews | April 8, 2014

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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace

bibliobethica, October 2, 2006

I love this book! All month I read the first paragraph aloud to anyone that came over. I even took it to the nursing home and read it to my 97-year-old grandmother (she loves books). I didn't rush the
book, but savored the language and the characters. I assumed Grace was innocent from the start. Her character seemed like a friend I could have had as a child. Atwood made her thoughts come alive ? "As
if hundreds of butterflies have settled all over my face, and are softly opening and closing their wings" ? such beautiful language! The other character I loved reading from was Simon's mom. Her letters made me laugh. "If he would only produce a son, she continues ? having , of course, married first ? she would die happy" and "To
threaten to do yourself an injury, by jumping off a bridge or other elevated location, might carry weight with an impressionable and tender-hearted young man, but it does not, with his more experienced Mother." I'm still laughing. I also thought the ending was well
crafted - not to give anything away.
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Pope Joan by Donna Woolfol Cross
Pope Joan

bibliobethica, September 11, 2006

Was there a female pope heading the Catholic Church? This historical fiction novel left me wondering. Joan is not allowed to be educated because she is female, however, she uses her intelligence, determination, and courage to do the impossible. This book is based in religion, but it is far from a religious book. It is a must read for those that love a strong female character. This book was well received by my book club which is mostly Catholic women. We had a rich discussion while drinking Italian wine and bread.
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Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
Return of the Native

bibliobethica, September 10, 2006

A tragedy originally written in five books, however, with pressure from Thomas Hardy's editor and public, he added a sixth book for a happy ending. This book is classic English literature written in the 1850's when Hardy was in his late 30's. The five main characters engage in a love triange. The characters are developed in the first four chapters as well as the setting, Egdon Heath, which is just as important as the people that live there. If you can get through the first four chapters, you will love this novel. Hardy spends a page describing Eustacia's lips . . . just keep reading and enjoy great literature!
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Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster

bibliobethica, September 10, 2006

Can a monster be terrible if he's not fierce? Leonardo can't scare anyone, so he finds the smallest boy and tries to scare him. However, Leonardo decides that being a good friend is what being a good monster is all about. I love this book for it's simple color design (reminds me of Caps for Sale) and the message about friendship. In typical Mo Willems fashion, this book will have adults and children alike wanting to read and reread this story. My three boys keep having me check this book out from the library, so I finally decided to buy it. I love it as much as they do!
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