Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
Touching. Beautifully written. This is a journey of discovery that takes place in Japan during the late 1960s. The author did an excellent job with the English dialogue of the native Japanese speakers. There is a romance, a little bit about Vietnam but more about World War II and a lot about mother-daughter relationships. In some ways it reminds me of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, I think more because of the use of language than the subject matter however both books have are journey's of discovery and mother-daughter relationships
From your lips
I came to understand
The language of plum wine
Rashi's Daughters: Book I Joheved by Maggie Anton
This is book one of a trilogy about the three daughters of Rabbi Saolomon ben Isaac, also known as Rashi.
Rashi's Daughters takes places in Troyes France during the 11th Century. Joheved is the eldest of Rashi's three children. In addition to running a yeshiva, Rashi and his family have a winemaking business which provides and interesting backdrop for the book.
Despite the widely held view that women should not learn Talmud, Rashi begins secretly teaching Talmud to his daughters. For me, the books is about life in medieval France and women's education. The characters were memoriable and the time period was well-researched.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake is the story of a first generation Indian-American and how he relates to his heritage and family. The Ganguli family emgrated from Calcutta to Massechuesettes where their son Gogol is born. The story is about how Gogol's parents adjust to America and now Gogol and his sister feel about being American and making trips to see their extended family in Calcutta.
The book is beautifully written and it is certainly one of the best books that I read this year.
Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards
This book begins when Susan responds to a call to help the local SPCA rehabilitate an abused horse. This horse, Lay Me Down, joins Susan's other two horses. This bittersweet book is a memoir of the journey of Susan's self-discovery. Susan and Lay Me Down are soul mates and they both open up a lot. As someone who has adopted a rescue dog, I attest to the fact that you can learn a lot from a rescued animal, be it a dog or a horse.
One thing about the book that others might not find as compelling is that it takes place in Dutchess county New York. Since I lived in Wappinger Falls for a few years, I kept on recognizing place names in the book and I thought that was kind of fun.
Chosen by a Horse is a can’t-put-it-down book.
Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
This books was just fun. Maybe not the best written book that I read in 2008 or the most literary but is extremely entertaining and fun and I'm glad that I read it.
This modern-day fairy tale involves a post-graduation -- well, other than that pesky thesis -- trip to London to see a love interest:
Oh my God, that can't be him, can it? No, of course it's not. Why would he be wearing a jacket like that? Why would ANYONE be wearing a jacket like that? Unless they're being ironic. Or Michael Jackson, of course. He is the only man I could think of who would wear red leather with epaulets. Who isn't a professional breakdancer. That CAN'T be him.
Oh, please God, don't let that be him....
... and a detour to the south of France.
- Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
- Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
- The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein
- Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
- Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison
- Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot
- Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancasater
- Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson
- The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal
- The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
- Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
- August by Gerard Woodward
- Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
- She Went All The Way? by Meg Cabot
- The Best Day of Someone Else's Life by Kerry Reichs
- Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky
- Un-Bridaled by Eileen Rendahl
- Big Boned by Meg Cabot
- Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
- Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella
- This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
- Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
- Bollywood Confidential by Sonia Singh
- Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot
- Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
- The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham
- The Pact by Jodi Piclout
- Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- No Angel by Penny Vincenzi
- Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
- Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
- Rashi's Daughers: Book I Joheved by Maggie Anton
- Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
- The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
- Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
- The Liar's Diary by Patry Francis
- The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
- Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
- The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
- The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
- Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
- The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
- Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards