In Kissing Games of the World
by Sandi Kahn Shelton, Harris Goddard’s death complicates things for more than just his grandson, Christopher, whom he has raised since the boy’s mother died four days after he was born. Harris’s death is extremely inconvenient for Nate, Christopher’s father, who can’t imagine fitting a 5 year-old into his workaholic lifestyle. Jamie, Harris’s housemate, is broken-hearted by the loss of her dear friend, as well as the knowledge that she and her son, Arley, will lose Christopher and will no longer be able to live in the house she’s grown to love. She’s also embarrassed by the fact that when the paramedics came, they found her in somewhat questionable circumstances.
So when Nate and Jamie meet, she thinks he’s a horrible father who is separating her from a child she loves. Nate thinks Jamie has set up a questionable living arrangement, hoping to get her hands on Harris’s money. They tolerate each other in order to survive the situation and learn some lessons along the way.
There is a long-running debate about whether it’s better to read the book first or see the movie. My opinion on this matter of the utmost importance is, without any doubt, see the movie. The book is almost always better, so you see the movie first and think “Wow, that was great!” Then read the book, and discover it’s even better. If you go the other way around, there’s an inevitable sense of disappointment about what was changed or that the actor they chose didn’t match the picture in your head at all.
The movie/book combo is my favorite way to read the classics. I tried to read Middlemarch
by George Eliot several years ago and just got confused. There are so many characters and I kept getting lost. I checked the Masterpiece Theater film
out from the library and realized that it’s an amazing story with love, betrayal, and hope for a better world. I then read the book and it became one of my favorites.
Come to the Information Desk for a list of DVDs we have that are based on books. Feel free to let me know if I have the book/movie order all wrong!
John Grogan’s first book, Marley and Me was a success story because of a wonderful, goofy dog that claimed our hearts. The cover art showing adorable Marley would grab the attention of any dog lover. When I read that John Grogan had another book coming out for adults I couldn’t resist seeing what else he had to share.
The Longest Trip Home: a memoir
is another heartwarming story of family that draws parallels for many of us lucky enough to be part of a family. We laugh at Grogan growing up in Detroit during the baby boomer years as he discovers girls, smoking and how to annoy his teachers who are nuns in Catholic parochial schools. We struggle with him as he shares his departure from his parent’s values and the disappointment he causes them. His departure from his parent’s Catholic faith, marrying outside the faith and raising his children outside of the church all cause him guilt when he considers his parents wishes.
I found this book to be a departure from Marley and Me but a very moving tribute to how an American family loves and loses and learns how to grow together through the years.
“Sheila was a wild, violent six-year-old lost in a world of anger and torment”—until a brilliant and caring young teacher reached out—Meet Sheila, autistic, abused and mute—her story, One Child,
is Torey Hayden’s first book about working with children with special needs.
In an interview, Torey insists that she isn’t a gifted, exceptional teacher. She wants to give credit to thousands of teachers who give their lives to children. Torey just happens to be a teacher who can also write.
She has written three fiction stories (which her fans insist are also true): The Sunflower Forest
, The Very Worst Thing
and The Mechanical Cat
(only available in Europe).
Her fate is a domestic prison in an alien world
, Mende Nazer has written a straightforward, harrowing memoir. Born into the Karko tribe in the Nuba mountains of northern Sudan, her story first concentrates on Nazer’s idyllic childhood. In 1994, Mende, age 12, was snatched by Arab raiders, raped and shipped to the nation’s capital, Khartoum, where she was installed as a maid for a wealthy suburban family.
She’d never seen a spoon, a mirror or a sink, much less a televison or a phone. The pampered housewife, affluent, petty and cruel, beat her frequently and dehumanized her in dozens of ways. After seven years, Nazer accompanied the family, as a “maid” to Great Britian. She was able to contact other Sudanese and eventually escaped to freedom. Her book is a profound meditation on the human ability to survive virtually any circumstances.
Slavery still exists today and needs to be stamped out
> Like vampires? I have series for you: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
The Twilight Saga, a vampire-themed series, is not only a huge success, but something more—People dress up like her characters, and write their own stories about the books and post them on the Internet. There are Twilight themed rock bands—The four books in the saga, Twilight (2005), New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007) and Breaking Dawn, 2008 have, collectively, sold a reportedly 10 million copies. Her books have been praised for their exclusion of violence, drugs and sex. A fan club has been organized at Twilighters.org. A film is scheduled for release in December 2008.
While we are deep into the current political scene and after you have done your research and made your choices, why not enjoy a novel of political intrigue. I found the hours just evaporated along with the miles as I listened to the audio book Dead Watch
by John Sandford on a recent road trip to Colorado. This is not his most current book, but the story couldn’t be more timely with it’s political scandals and time bombs. A former Virginia senator is missing and the current governor and political rival may have a hand in his disappearance. Or did he?
If political scandal is a little too close to home, why not try one of our other audio books. Some of our new titles are:
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry, Sail by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, Plague Ship by Clive Cussler, Swan Peak by James Lee Burke, Faces of Fear by John Saul, Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs, Forbidden by Elizabeth Lowell, The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks.
The Places In Between by Rory Stewart, (an interesting addition to our One Book/ One Community reading list of Central Asia titles) and The post-American World by Fareed Zakaria.
Another option is to download an audio book to your computer through our website and burn it to cd’s or load it onto your IPod or mp3 player. Use the following link to get started.
We all lead busy lives but technology is helping us enjoy reading while on the go.