|About me:||visual artist,rabid but selective reader.|
|Reading Interests:||poetry,folklore,some fantasy/scifi,history and psychological lit,some classical lit too.|
|MediumDebbi's Book Lists|
|engaging lit (22 titles)
Books I fell into and missed dearly once they were finished!! There isn't a book in here that I wouldn't highly recommend!
|Buffalo lockjaw |
by Ames, Greg.
James Fitzroy is 27 years old and concerned for the welfare of his mother who is struck with Alzhiemers at the age of 56. A poignant and sometimes funny story about identity, philosophy and mortality. Ames's characters and dialogue are welldeveloped and entirely credible, 5stars posted Aug 23, 2013 at 4:41PM
|The thirteenth tale : a novel |
by Setterfield, Diane.
The thirteenth tale takes almost the whole book to discover but well worth the journey! This is a novel of Gothic ecstasy. A book about books and effective mystery! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to be wrapped up in a book! posted Mar 28, 2013 at 6:51PM
|My lobotomy : a memoir |
by Dully, Howard, 1948-
A stunning and terrifying memoir about a boy who was just a boy and lobotomized at the age of 12. I was really touched and thorighly engaged by this story. posted Mar 28, 2013 at 6:48PM
|The kitchen house |
by Grissom, Kathleen
The Kitchen House is home to Lavinia who is indentured as a white Irish immigrant in the late 1700's in Virginia. The "Captain" would have sold her because she was an orphan but she was too sick to sell. Some of the slaves who live on the Captains plantation become her family and this situation is further complicated as Lavinia grows up and realizes that she is in the same place as they are as far as her personal freedom is concerned. This one is a genuine gem of a story, very evocative and absorbing as well an excellent history lesson! posted Dec 6, 2012 at 10:26PM
|The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks |
by Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
This TRUE story is one of the most interesting, well written and touching books I have read thus far this year!! Touching on scientific ethics,social equality and health insurance issues, it is inspiring, shocking and thoroughly engrossing!! Highly recommended! posted Oct 5, 2012 at 11:26AM
|Snow falling on cedars |
by Guterson, David.
A sad story of misplaced dangerous love and murder! posted Aug 6, 2012 at 4:18PM
|City of shadows |
by Franklin, Ariana.
I loved this exciting,funny and compelling story about an immigrant and a playboy finding Anastasia of the famous and doomed Romanov family. What follows is the strange and funny scheme to do a Pygmalion trip on her so she is convincing to the public! posted Aug 6, 2012 at 4:17PM
|Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet : a novel |
by Ford, Jamie.
A sweet and touching tale of a romance sustained despite time and serious trouble. Notable due to the maturity and diligence of its characters. highly recommended to readers and book groups of all ages! posted Apr 20, 2012 at 4:22PM
|The lonely polygamist : a novel |
by Udall, Brady.
A sad, hilarious and sometimes puzzling portrait of a man with multiple wives. The premise is in the title! posted Apr 20, 2012 at 4:17PM
|Safe from the sea |
by Geye, Peter
This is a great story about the resolution of guilt and resentment between father and son but also a very intriguing shipwreck tale! posted Apr 9, 2012 at 5:42PM
|Finding Laura Buggs|
by West, Stanley Gordon, 1932-
West is yet another talent I have recently discovered. A heady mystery of many dimensions and of crimes that many readers would never imagined would happen in such a golden age. posted Jan 27, 2012 at 3:00PM
|Cage of stars /|
by Mitchard, Jacquelyn.
What happens when religious traditions meet real life tragedy. A deeply compelling story that ended alot differently than I had expected! posted Jan 27, 2012 at 2:50PM
|Sarah's key /|
by Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961-
A deeply touching and thoughtful tale about the value of history and human life, especially when it involves the value that people assign to other people! I give it 5 stars! posted Dec 8, 2011 at 2:31PM
|The dogs of Babel /|
by Parkhurst, Carolyn, 1971-
A very poignant mystery about dogs, free spirits,and the delusions and misunderstandings behind grief and clinical depression. Parkhurst has provided a very true description of depression,made me cry and I don't usually do that over a book! Highly recommended! posted Oct 13, 2011 at 5:48PM
|Extra Indians /|
by Gansworth, Eric L.
This is an intriguing and touching story about a Native American Vietnam vet who adopts the son of his best friend after that friend's tragic death. The story has a lot to say about family relationships,contemporary Native American life and misguided dreams. posted Oct 13, 2011 at 5:42PM
|The foreigner |
by Lin, Francie.
Emerson is a Taiwanese man living in America when his mother dies. Her last request is that he will scatter her ashes in Taiwan and that he find his baby brother. He does both of these things but his brother is not such a baby and is involved in the criminal underworld. The Foreigner is "a comic tale of crime and contrition about what it means to be a foreigner, even in ones family" I fell into this book and didn't look up until the very end, very Good! posted Sep 13, 2011 at 2:21PM
|East of Eden |
by Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Steinbeck is the Master! This story is loosely based on the story of Adam and Eve and their offspring, Cain and Able. The Eden in the story is actually the unsettled Wild West of California! This book is So engaging that this is my third reading of it in my lifetime and, if I don't lose my sight, it won't be the last! posted Apr 1, 2011 at 4:09PM
|Mystic river |
by Lehane, Dennis.
Lehane is a major talent! The reason is probably because he knows how to write about people in more than one context. His books are mysteries, thrillers and human nature under a microscope, VERY Engaging! posted Apr 1, 2011 at 4:06PM
|Amnesia nights |
by Skinner, Quinton, 1968-
This one had me going from the front to back pages, Skinner is a local author and gives one reason to be proud! The local references are fun too. posted Apr 1, 2011 at 4:03PM
|A tree grows in Brooklyn |
by Smith, Betty, 1896-1972.
This is probably my favorite book of all time, certainly in the top top ten! Coming of age has never been so interesting! posted Apr 1, 2011 at 4:02PM
|The kitchen boy |
by Alexander, Robert, 1952-
This is a historical novel about a minor character who gets involved with a very major family,the Romanov's. A story with moody heft that teaches as much as it touches you. posted Apr 1, 2011 at 4:01PM
|The history of love |
by Krauss, Nicole.
What a great story about shared melancholy memories between families and strangers! posted Apr 1, 2011 at 3:58PM
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner I loved this book about friendship between couples over the years of their youth and aging. Stegner is a deeply thoughtful writer and this book has inspired to read more of him! posted Jan 11, 2011 at 4:32PM
by J. M. Coetzee
I read this one about a year ago, very engrossing and well paced. Really opened my eyes about the South African Aparthied culture, really good book! posted Dec 10, 2009 at 2:31PM