Books and Reading
Horse lovers everywhere are looking forward to the annual Pony Penning on Chincoteague Island next week. Since the 1920s, crowds have gathered to watch the “saltwater cowboys” herd the ponies and lead them across Assateague Channel to the auction site. Even if your kids don’t bid on a pony, the Firemen’s Carnival that goes on all day offers lots of family fun.
Is there time for one more quick vacation getaway before school starts? Absolutely, if you choose the armchair traveler route. Begin with Marjorie Priceman’s “How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.,” a companion to her best-selling “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.”
With summer almost here, it’s time for kids to find a cozy seat, a tall glass of lemonade and a good book, and read till the fireflies come out. This kind of leisurely, just-for-fun reading is at the heart of the summer reading club at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, “Be Creative @ Your Library!”
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006
American literature is rich with poems about the passage of time, and the inevitability of change, and how these affect us. Here is a poem by Kevin Griffith, who lives in Ohio, in which the years accelerate by their passing.
If you liked “Perelandra," you might find something to enjoy in these titles.
“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
“Emilio Sandoz, a brilliant Jesuit priest, seems like the perfect leader for the first expedition to an extraterrestrial culture. However, when Sandoz returns to Earth 20 years later as the mission's sole survivor, he is accused of unspeakable violence and depravity. Why? An extraordinary fiction debut, by paleoanthropologist Mary Doria Russell.”--Copyright © Libri GmbH.
African-American fiction can run the gamut from romance to gritty, urban
Some African American mysteries are:
Coq au Vin by Charlotte Carter. Nanette Hayes is a poetry-spouting,
jazz-playing, French speaking Black American Princess who looks like
Grace Jones. Hip, funny and sexy.
If you liked Katherine Neville's The Eight, you may also be interested in her 2008 novel, The Fire, and these titles:
The Overseer by Jonathan Rabb
Agent Sarah Trent and Professor Xander Jaspers search the globe for a missing 16th century manuscript that outlines a plan for world domination.
If you like books like John Grisham's that feature law, politics, international relations, and intrigue, you might like these titles.
Separation of Power by Vince Flynn
CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp takes on both Baghdad and Washington, D.C. to avert World War III.
Here are suggestions for books that pick up on the sword and sorcery, quest, and dragon aspects of "Eragon":
Romance and lust and family dynamics feature prominently in "Rococo" by Adriana Trigiani. Some other titles that you might like:
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy... (B)ehind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina...an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them. (from Barnes & Noble)