Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book Review - Spring 2011

Spring reading: April 1st - May 31st.
Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons. I am not sure where I got this book. It was interesting. The story follows the life and relationship of a grandmother, mother, and daughter and the grandmother's homeopathic healing in a rural city. I would recommend this book for something different.

The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand. Great book about a restaurant in it's final summer season on Nantucket. It gives you great insight into the restaurant business with a love story. Highly recommend.

The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand. Another book set in Nantucket about the relationships with best friends and parents. This is my 3rd Hilderbrand book and I love them all. Great fast beach reading!

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. This is fictional history about Dracula and his origin. It was a long book and you had to pay attention to all the characters. It was really interesting to learn about Vlad Dracul. I definitely would recommend this book, especially for those interested in vampires!

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser. 1997 Pulitzer Prize fiction winner. An interesting book about a man with a dream of making people happy with restaurants and hotels set in the early 1900's. Unlike other PP books, this had a beginning, a middle, and a conclusion. A good book if you need a change of pace.

Cleaving by Julia Powell. This is the famous Julia from Julie & Julia. It is a few years later and she is crazy! By crazy, I mean having a long term adulterous relationship, sleeping with strangers to easy her pain, and then becoming a butcher. I do enjoy her honesty, but it is a difficult book to read. She is a great narrator, just be prepared an unhappy story.

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. A book about Elizabeth I before she became queen. It is a historical fiction. If you love the Royals, this is a great book!


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