Books and Reading
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.
"An Unpardonable Crime" by Andrew Taylor best fits into the category of literary mysteries in a historical setting. This is a genre that I personally enjoy reading, especially if a real person from history is featured in the story. Here are some other good titles in this genre.
If you liked Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks, how about trying:
Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller When Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson meet, magic happens. Kincaid, 52, a photographer for National Geographic, a mystical traveler of faraway land, feels out of harmony with his time. Francesca, 45, once a young war bride from Italy, nurses her childhood dreams. --catalog summary
To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites too. I do believe that it is one of those books in a class by itself - there really isn't anything else that comes close to it! Having said that, I do have a couple of suggestions for you. Some of these titles deal with race relations; others deal with growing up in the South. Hopefully you will find something here that you will enjoy.
Black and White by Paul Volponi
Three teenage friends confront racism during the summer of 1955 in a small Southern town.