November is Chilly -- Read a Good Book!

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Sixteen-year-old Margo Crane fancies herself a modern day Annie Oakley who can shoot her own food and take care of herself. Pretty smart except she regularly has sex with the wrong kind of men. After the violent death of her father, she takes to…drum roll….The River, in search of her long-lost mother. Yawner. Even the sex is a yawner.

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
15-year-old Esch struggles with trying to snag a man who only wants her for sex. Her brother Skeetah struggles with saving his beloved pit bull, China. Meanwhile Hurricane Katrina is moving in. I didn’t like the book. I couldn’t put it down but I didn’t like it. Which brings to mind some kind of food addict who knows the Ding Dongs aren’t healthy but they can’t stop shoving them in their mouth.

The Litigators by John Grisham
Finley & Figg is a dumpy law office strategically located on a busy street corner with lots of accidents. Perfect for ambulance chasers. The two partners, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are like an old married couple whose future looks pretty boring. That is until Harvard-educated, up-town lawyer David Zinc, stumbles drunk as a skunk into their office. Grisham like the old days – darn good book. ♥♥

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
Natalia’s life is woven from the thread of her Grandfathers tale about the Tiger’s Wife. And her life is also unraveling as she follows in her Grandfathers footsteps to become a doctor. Anyway, between her current project of inoculating orphans against disease and trying to find her dead Grandfathers belongings, the true “Tale” reveals itself. ♥♥♥

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Victoria Jones has one good memory – the knowledge she gathered while at her last foster home. When she ages out of the foster program, she becomes homeless but manages to maintain a small flower garden. Somehow (it is fiction after-all) she lands a job selling flowers, where she meets her match in the secret language of flowers – a guy named Grant. Sometimes sappy but all-in-all great book. ♥♥♥♥

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Where just yesterday was a simple farmer’s field -- now stands a wonderful black and white circus that mysteriously appeared during the night. The Le Cirque des Rêves is so entertaining, the food so indescribable that a flock of people follow it – think rock band groupies. But within the circus wall there is much more going on than animal acts and yummy circus food. The circus is a stage for a competition between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. I had visions of this being the best book of the year, until half-way through when the thought vanished like Celia’s Dad. Not number one or even a close second -- but worth reading. ♥♥

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