Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common–except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. They now have a budding friendship and a plan to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams.
A novel about Italian immigrants and their lives in northern Italy as well as in America in the early 1900s. Enza and Ciro meet on a moonlit night in the cemetery of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Schilpario, Italy when they are just teenagers. They go their separate ways to new lives in America but they never quite leave behind their beautiful homeland. The descriptions are magically vivid and although it is a love story of sorts, it's also a powerful testimony on the strength of the human spirit and the importance of family.
As snow falls on Columbus today one might be contemplating an engrossing long winter’s read? Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch weighs in at nearly 800 pages, but don’t be daunted. The writing is lovely and deep as a snowdrift. Just plow right in.
The Sweetheart is a riotous coming-of-age novel set in the outrageous world of professional wrestling in the 1950s.
Plain, shy, lonely Leonie Putzkammer is headed for a lifetime of waiting tables and cooking dinner for her widower father when she meets a wrestling promoter in her diner. With the promise of fame dangling before her, she sets out for Otherside, Florida and Joe Pospisil’s School for Lady Grapplers, where she learns to wrestle and, more importantly, to perform. Renamed Gwen Davies and teamed with Screaming Mimi Hollander, Leonie tours the country and finds fame, friendship, and first love. But in the brutal world of professional wrestling, fame is fleeting and identity is tenuous: torn between her family, her boyfriend, her friend Mimi, and her ambition, Leonie can’t have it all—so she’ll have to decide what she really wants.
When a boy moves into a new neighborhood he devises a way to meet new people and make new friends. Neville!? Where did he go? A fun read-aloud for ages 4 and up.
Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and history buff, is persuaded by her teacher to seek Cortez's long-lost treasure during a school trip to Mexico. She finds that her plans to get Josh to notice her are not the only thing in danger as rival treasure-hunters try to do away with her.
Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.
Comedian/director Marshall writes very openly on her life experiences growing up in the Bronx, getting pregnant and married young in New Mexico, her marriage to Rob Reiner, friendship with Carrie Fisher, and relationship with Art Garfunkel. Marshall revisits tough subjects like abortion, drugs, lack of mothering skills, and her now fading health. Great stories abound of her time spent on TV shows, movies, and her career as a movie director. Marshall's humor is how she gets through the difficult stuff and lives with a simple motto: “try hard, help your friends, don't get too crazy, and have fun.”
MISTER OWITA'S GUIDE TO GARDENING is a beautifully written memoir by a first time author Carol Wall. The story is a very personal account of friendship between two people. Less about gardening, the book is more about those accidental judgments that we make based on prejudices of race, money, education, and plain old general appearances.
I enjoyed this book. It is about the power of friendship which can change our hearts and transform our lives; it is a reminder we all have more in common with each other than we think.
A child's simple note about cancelling bedtime ends up on the desk of a newspaper reporter, which then lands on the front page of the newspaper. Everyone reads this and bedtimes are stopped. What will happen to everyone with no bedtimes? A good sleepy-time read-aloud for ages 4-8.