August 2013

David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell
Gladwell (previous books include The Tipping PointBlink, and What the Dog Saw) has the unique gift to take ordinary concepts and make them interesting and challenge us to think differently. His latest book -- a fresh perspective on what it means to be discriminated against, cope with a disability, lose a parent, or suffer from other setbacks.

Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
Willie Pears teaches at a center for immigrant girls who are all hoping for French asylum. We get an inside peek of the hardship faced by people hoping for a better life, and what they have to go through to find it. Combine that with Willies own issues and you’ve got a pretty good read.♥♥

Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel
Georgia and Graham Quillian along with their son Frankie move to Coral Gables hoping for a fresh start. Graham’s got a sleep disorder, Frankie doesn’t talk, but thank goodness Georgia finds a cool job shuttling supplies to an artist who lives in a tiny house on stilts (!) off the coast in a community appropriately enough called Stiltsville. Eventually Georgia and Frankie find peace, thanks to the ocean, the artist…and the damn hard truth.♥♥

The End of the Affair by Graham Green
"This is a record of hate far more than of love." The first passage of this book really got to me. After all, when love turns sour it often turns to hate. The very English gentleman, Maurice Bendrix writes down the account of his adulterous affair with Sarah Miles. Sarah has since died and he is trying to discover how love turned to hate. Originally published in 1951, The End of the Affair was a Kindle Audible book (cheap!) - so I bought it to ease the drive from Portland to Boise. It was narrated by Colin Firth and made the drive fly by! ♥♥

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman
Natalie is beautiful and sullen. Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds. During their family’s summer holiday at the lake, both fall under the spell of a struggling young painter, Thomas Bayber – who paints the family in a series of portraits. Fast forward several decades --Bayber, now a world-renowned artist, unveils a never-before-seen work, Kessler Sisters. He hires a history professor, and a young art authenticator to sell the painting, but first they are required to find the sisters who seem to have vanished. ♥♥♥

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