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The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier
The Scapegoat

nanababy5, June 29, 2011

John, an Englishman, has had his identity stolen after indulging in a night of heavy drinking. When he is mistaken for his look alike (a Frenchman who has absconded with his clothing and ID), he reluctantly begins to play the other man's role as husband, father and son.

This tale of trading places is Daphne Du Maurier at her finest. The interweaving and interactions of the characters who are all duped by the man they suppose to be their son, father, brother and husband is both fascinating and credible.

What mark will this deception leave on this rather disjointed household? As the story unwinds we discover the reason behind many puzzling behaviors. What are we to make of the animosity with which the Frenchman's sister regards him? Why is his sister inlaw acting so strangely around him? And what accounts for his little daughter's nearly feverish devotion to religion?

Though the plot is worked out with precision, I found myself intrigued mostly by the characters. Du Maurier is a master craftsman at creating such realistic characters that by the end of the novel one feels almost as if these are people they have known and loved.
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Ready or Not
Ready or Not

nanababy5, June 29, 2011

First published in 1953, Ready or Not is one of my all time favorite vintage teen novels.

Mary Stolz writes of the Connor's struggle with poverty in their motherless family with just the right combination of honesty, warmth and an obvious affection for her characters.

Though told mostly through the eyes of Morgan, the oldest of the siblings, Stolz rounds out her tale by giving glimpses as well into the inner lives and thoughts of the other family members.

At the beginning of this little novel the family is moving yet again. Do they have the emotional stamina and courage to deal with one more move, which will of necessity put them into an even poorer part of town? And what of the dreams each family member has brought with them into each new residence: are they as worn and threadbare as their second-hand furniture, and hardly worth bringing with them into their new home?

I've always loved this book for the intelligence, and heart, it brings to what could easily be a mediocre, depressing tale of broken dreams.
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

nanababy5, June 28, 2011

With wry humor Anne Lamott dismantles the misconceptions about the writing life, sharing with piercing honesty her own creative journey. This is not the typical How To book on writing; it is part biography, and at times has the intimate feel of a memoir.

Reading this book, I could easily imagine Anne seated across my kitchen table with a mug of coffee or tea, and the spontaneous bouts of humor which would burst forth from both of us as we shared our writing debacles and mishaps.

It takes courage to write with such transparency, and this Annie does to perfection. If I could own only one book on writing, this is it. Bird by Bird will satisfy any natural born writer whose passion for the written word outshines the tedium of ordinary life.
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The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by John Eldredge
The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God

nanababy5, June 25, 2011

This is the kind of book I go back and read at least once a year, to keep me in mind of its wonderful truths.

How different life on this old planet looks when viewed from the perspective of being romanced by our Creator!

John Eldredge takes us on an adventure, the recapturing of our childhood dreams and desires, showing us how God wants to use these to bring joy into our lives. The arrows which early in life pierced our hearts (and which we've tried to forget) have caused us to settle for less than God's wild love for us--but we can rediscover the deliciousness of what it means to be adored and romanced beyond our wildest dreams.
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One Across, Two Down by Ruth Rendell
One Across, Two Down

nanababy5, June 24, 2011

Though many readers don't consider this one of Rendall's best mysteries, I've always loved it. Drawn to it by my love of both mysteries and crossword puzzles, I was pleasantly surprised at the deftness with which she portrays the simple characters in this story of greed, soured dreams and the kind of domestic tension which only a butinski of a mother in law can create.

As with all of Rendall's books, I am drawn more to the characters and her amazing ability to comprehend the psychology of what makes them who they are, than I am to mere plot. In this case the plot is simple, yet holds one's attention. You have a hunch of what waits around the corner, but you don't know how it will play out.

This little novel is an easy read, but don't mistake easy for carelessly written. Here you will find Rendall's typical eye for detail, strong characterization, and a story told in her own unique style.
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