April Showers Make for Soggy Books

Shooting Stars by LeBron James
O.K. before you think I am a total kook, I read this book because I had nothing else to read and my son was doing an English project on the guy. It was a good read although I’m 99% sure LeBron never typed a word of it. If you happen to be a basketball fan, and enjoy a real-life rags to riches story pick it up.

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Shy and mentally unstable “Toad” happens to meet the orphaned twins from the mountains of South Carolina. A family moves in across the street complete with alcoholic Mother, gay son and beautiful daughter -- and a crazy stalking father. The first black football coach and his son arrive in town, and “Toad” is ordered to become friends with them to help ease racial tensions. Isn’t this enough for one book? Apparently not. There’s more but I just don’t have the space…

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
I’ve traveled to Isla Pixol a small island in Mexico, circa 1929; watched in the shadows as a boy becomes a man, laughed as he finds a home with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; stood helplessly by as his life unfolds as he comes to understand the facets of truth and justice; and sat in the courtroom as he faces the committee on un-American activities -- all navigated loyal stenographer Violet Brown. Crack open The Lacuna and prepare for a glorious journey. Barbara Kingsolver is a genius. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
Stephen, a young Chinese man stricken with tuberculosis, is sent to the family’s sea-side home in Tarumi, Japan to heal. During the year spent there, he learns to admire Matsu the quiet gardener, and love Sachi, now a leper, but once the most beautiful girl in the village. His great healing has nothing to do with the physical body. A beautiful little book published in 1994 but timeless in its appeal. ♥♥♥