Books and Reading
There are many "addiction memoirs" in our collection. Some are funny, some are bleak and despairing, some a combination. Try these titles:
"Junky" by William S. Burroughs. May be the first book in this sub genre of memoir.
"Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous. A young adult classic and a cautionary tale. The diary of a young woman chronicles her descent into addiction.
"Manic: A Memoir" by Terri Cheney. A successful lawyer recounts her struggles with a biopolar disorder and substance abuse.
The following books have many of the same elements that make A Tree Grows in Brooklyn such as a memorable book: a young person learning to find her own voice when family problems and hard economic times amplify the ordinary problems of adolescence.
Wish You Well by David Baldacci.
Twelve-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal and her younger brother must move with their invalid mother from New York City to their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. When the forces of greed and justice clash, their struggle plays out in a crowded Virginia courtroom.
If you liked "The Fairy Godmother" by Mercedes Lackey for the way it played with the traditions of fairy tales, you may enjoy these titles:
"Little, Big" by John Crowley
One of my all-time favorite books - big, romantic; with plotlines following many characters:
Karen Robards's style of romantic suspense and domestic fiction sugests that these titles may appeal to you:
"Mrs. Kimble" by Jennifer Haigh
Here are a few suggestions for other funny, touching, books:
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Siddalee Walker needs her mother's help with a play she's writing about
women's friendships, so Vivi sends her the letters, photos, journals,
and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya sisterhood. This group of girlfriends was
wild and clever--and stuck in a small town where they were expected to
raise babies not Cain. (catalog summary)
A web resource for the scoop on good works of horror is the
list of Bram Stoker Award winners (and nominees) from the Horror Writers
Association. The lists go back to 1987, so there's plenty of choice!
Their website: http://www.horror.org/stokerwinnom.htm#2003
I enjoyed the Harry Potter series and have found these other titles enjoyable because of the characters' relationships and adventures:
"The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan (Book 1 of the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series)
If you liked "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, you might enjoy the following:
Ahern, Cecelia PS, I Love You
"Holly has always depended on her husband's practical advice to keep her going and despairs when she loses him to brain cancer, until a package arrives filled with advice for carrying on with her life without her beloved husband." (summary from Novelist)
Children's Book Week is a time to celebrate books and reading in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, and homes. How will you and your family mark the occasion?
Most library programs for preschoolers take place on weekday mornings. But if you or your spouse is at work then, how can you bring your child to storytimes?