|About me:||I think I'm a Minnesotan now; I've lived in the Twin Cities most of my adult life. If I'm not reading, gardening is the next best thing.|
|Reading Interests:||Reading has always been among my favorite pastimes. I love fiction mostly; good writing is a must.|
|EmilyEm's Book Lists|
|Inspired by Art and Artists (15 titles)
These books have at their heart a love of art or inspiration from a work of art. Those based on real people and works of art are the best as are stories of art work stolen and found.
|2013 Best Reads--A Short List (10 titles)
We moved a few miles down the road--still in Hennepin County--and renovated our house. Somehow that interfered with the usual number of books read. But, there were certainly good ones read and a long list to enjoy in the months ahead.
|Immigrant Stories (18 titles)
Drawn to these stories for years, partly for my own history and my interest in genealogy, I am always touched by the character's search for 'home' even in not very welcoming circumstances. I first read books of people coming to America, but have long known this is not the only place immigrants come. That has led me to places far and wide.
|Best Coming-of-Age Novels So Far This Year (7 titles)
I'm drawn to books--sometimes inadvertently--about young people on the cusp of adulthood. These may not be perfect genre examples but they certainly are good reading!
|EmilyEm's Best 12 in 2012 [out of 50] (12 titles)
It was a remarkable year for two of my favorite types of reading: the coming of age story and those about the immigrant experience.
|The cuckoo’s calling |
by Robert Galbraith
Cormoran Strike is a private investigator down on his luck when a case involving a recently deceased supermodel Lulu Landry and a temporary secretary named Robin Ellacott enter his life. That J. K. Rowling can write a fine mystery. Strike is just the kind of damaged goods that makes him a sympathetic character and Robin is just the right counterpoint to his shambling ways. We can hope for more of this pair. posted Mar 11, 2014 at 10:48PM
|My life in Middlemarch |
by Rebecca Mead
Mead uses George Eliot’s book Middlemarch to consider the lives of its characters, particularly Dorothea Brooke’s, in light of her own and that of George Eliot. It’s an interesting proposition to take your favorite book and look at its influence on your life. Parts of it were wonderful, but the digressions into other of Eliot’s work made me feel the author didn’t have enough to say about Middlemarch and was stretching her subject. But, it could just be me. [I’ve not read all Eliot’s books.] Definitely worth reading if you loved Middlemarch. posted Mar 7, 2014 at 4:02PM
|The Daughters of Mars : A Novel |
by Keneally, Thomas.
Naomi and Sally, two sisters who are also nurses, leave New South Wales for nursing assignments in the Great war. Their first work is in Alexandria in Egypt, then off the Dardanelles and finally in northern France. Their relationships with each other, with the nurses with whom they serve, the wounded soldiers they encounter and the men they come reluctantly to love all play out in a book that is always hopeful even in the midst of carnage. I wondered if this book of nursing terribly damaged soldiers would get too grim. It doesn’t. It’s as good as Pat Barker’s Great War trilogy I think among the best of that era. And, oh, what an ending Keneally’s book has. A very good book. posted Mar 7, 2014 at 3:58PM
|A constellation of vital phenomena : a novel |
by Anthony Marra
This story of interrelated characters and experiences in war-torn Chechnya during five days in 2004 is like no book on war ever read. We follow the choices people make to survive and their unrelenting search for meaning even when surrounded with insurmountable odds. Marra’s debut novel deserves all the acclaim it received. His prose is unbelievably beautiful, the story has a bit of mystery and all of us who live charmed lives need to ask ourselves what we would do put in this place and time. I’ll be thinking about these people for awhile. posted Feb 14, 2014 at 8:27AM
|The new countess |
by Weldon, Fay.
The New Countess is the final book in Weldon’s trilogy about the Dilberne family during the Edwardian era in England. The new countess Maggie suffers some growing pains and the king is coming for a December shooting weekend. Different characters tell this upstairs-downstairs tale, giving the story a bright and breezy narrative with plenty of humor. But, by the time I finished I didn’t really care about the outcomes for any of them! I expected better from Weldon. posted Feb 1, 2014 at 7:29AM
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