Friday, June 18, 2010

Sunny's Reading List

An avid Barbara Kingsolver fan, I was super excited to read The Lacuna.  In her latest novel, Kingsolver takes us to to Mexico in the 30s where Harrison Shepard, American born, spends his formative years.  He is a quiet observer, a writer, who finds himself in the employ of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.  They are eventually joined by Leon Trotsky seeking refuge from the Russian revolution.  Harrison creates lasting friendships with these larger-than-life firey characters as he moves from plaster mixer to cook to clerk to confidant. After the assassination of Trotsky, Harrison leaves Mexico and settles in Asheville, North Carolina trying to live a quiet life as an author, but soon finds himself under investigation as a subversive and must appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The story unfolds through a series of journal entries, newspaper clippings and letters which evolve and change as Shepard matures.  Kingsolver takes us on a colorful journey with the quiet and endearing Harrison Shepard through a complicated and political time in history.

As far as kid's books go, I recently finished Boom! This is a middle grade chapter book by Mark Haddon, the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.  It is a very silly adventure story about best friends Charlie and Jimbo.  Charlie is always getting Jimbo into mischief.  After they bug the teacher's lounge, they discover that Mr. Kidd and Mrs. Pearce are speaking some kind of bizarre language. " Spleeno ken mondermill." Is it a secret code?  Are they from outerspace?  When Charlie goes missing, Jimbo and his sister set off on a wild motorcycle ride to track him down.  A fun summer read that is out of this world!

On my shelf- just begging to be read... Devil in the White City by Eric Larson, Rushdie's Midnight's Children, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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