Teeeeeeeeeeeeerrific 10 of 2010

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman – In this debut novel twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is left to care for her mentally ill mother while her father escapes through his job as a traveling salesman. When CeeCee’s mother dies CeeCee is rescued by her Great Aunt Tootie and whisked away to Savannah, Georgia where the rest of her life begins.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson – Widower Major Ernest Pettigrew of Edgecombe St. Mary, England is living a quiet yet proper life six years after the loss of his wife. On the day the Major finds out that his brother Bertie has died, his chance encounter with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a widowed Pakistani shopkeeper, sets the stage for this delightful story.

Fragile Beasts by Tawni O’Dell – From the bullfighting ring in Spain in the 1950’s to a coal mining town in Pennsylvania in the 2000s, this novel brings two fractured families together in an unlikely story of personal hardship and redemption.

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff – A chance encounter leads to a passionate love affair between upper class Lily Davis Woodward and Italian immigrant Jake Russo.

The Red Thread by Ann Hood – Following the freak accident that kills her baby daughter, Maya Lange starts an adoption agency that brings together Chinese baby girls with American families.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult – Eighteen-year-old Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. He is highly intelligent but socially inept. His mother, Emma, spends most of her time as an advocate for Jacob. As a result, Theo, her youngest son, gets less attention. As the reader you will get to know and love this family, especially Jacob.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the third and final book in the  fabulous, young adult  Hunger Games trilogy. It is a worthy conclusion. (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay)

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi – In the futuristic Gulf Coast area of America, Nailer, a teenaged boy leads a day-to-day existence stripping copper from old, grounded oil tankers. After a hurricane Nailer discovers a wrecked clipper ship full of valuables and a beautiful young girl, which may lead Nailer to a better life. (young adult adventure)

The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard – The Planks and the Dickersons are two families that are as different as night and day. They are united by the fact that their daughters were born on July 4th of the same year in the same hospital. This connection develops into an annual, uncomfortable tradition of the Planks visiting the Dickersons. The story ends with a stunning revelation that explains all that has gone before.

Nemesis  by Philip Roth – is the story of the polio epidemic as it invades Weequahic, New Jersey in the stifling hot summer of 1944 and how it affects both the healthy and the stricken throughout their lives. Memorable.


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