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The Adult Readers' Blog
Yesterday five deer were outside my kitchen window. Elegant lawn ornaments in the falling snow. My heart thrills to see them at the same time it aches for their struggle to survive. They are part of a regular group of visitors to my suburban backyard. A few weeks ago it was two red foxes passing through. The wildlife at my backdoor is changing. I'm not ready for lions, tigers, or bears but as the current cold snap continues it looks like we have a March of the penguins. They are adorable and at least the one in this photo is already dressed for Ohio weather.
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is the 2014 winner of the British Costa Award. The author deals with father's early death by pursuing a lifelong dream to become a falconer. A dream inspired by a childhood reading of The Goshawk by T. H. White (currently available as an Ebook)
- You can literally march with the penguins at the Cincinnati Zoo Penguin Parade
- Knitting sweaters for penguins recovering from oil spills is the hobby of Australia's oldest man. It is also a controversial practice
- Elephant in the Living Room is a documentary about the exotic pet trade in Ohio. It follows a Dayton humane officer before the changes to the law.
"A Light that Never Goes Out: the Enduring Saga of The Smiths" by Tony Fletcher
This is a detailed story of the band The Smiths by a clearly ardent fan that would certainly be of interest to other fans of the band (like myself), but also to anyone following the history of indie music. They are such an English band, and the author details many locations and subtexts that may not be readily apparent to those who are not native Mancunians or familiar with British pop culture and local history. He talks about all of the band’s influences and shows the reader where they fit into musical history. This is a really thick book of 704 pages covering the span of the band’s life, so there’s a lot of detail here, considering they were only together for 6 years.
"Me before You: a novel" by Jojo Moyes
Me before You is the story of Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. “Lou” is a small town British girl, living with her zany family, and a waitress in a small Tea Shoppe. She answers an ad in the paper for a companion to a young man, and is hired for her likability and cheerfulness. Will, who was once a very active man, had an accident and is now a quadriplegic. His depression and sorrow are understood, but his mother would like him to live life in a different way. What follows is a combining of heart and soul, as these two unlikely people share their lives careening toward an unbelievable ending.
"The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier
In the early 1850’s Quaker sisters, Honor and Grace Bright, set sail for America. They begin a journey to Ohio where Grace will marry Adam Cox, a Quaker, who has settled near Oberlin, Ohio. In Pennsylvania Grace contacts Yellow Fever and dies. With the help of strangers, Honor continues to Ohio. Her arrival, instead of her sister Grace, is an unwelcome surprise to the small Cox household. While Honor struggles to adapt to the Quaker Community in America, she, unwittingly, becomes involved with the Underground Railroad. Once again, Tracy Chevalier has written an informative and compelling historical novel.