Maybe I should have quoted T.S. Eliot instead, “April is the cruelest month.” We had a couple of great days. Warm enough to get into the yard and do some raking. Plant some onions, paint the deck. And then, SLAP! It got cold and chilly and windy and back in the house I went. However, I could still read about raking and planting and painting or anything else I wanted to, no matter what the temperature. So take that April!!
The forecast is for warmer weather next week so today I best get caught up on my reading before the garden calls to me. Here’s what the book group read in April while they waited for Spring:
1. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (2014) 368 pages. I presented the author Alice Hoffman because I had read this book. How the lives of two very different people intertwine. Coralee, daughter of the impresario of a “freak show”. She also performs in the show. And Eddie, son of a Jewish immigrant. He is a photographer who shoots the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
2. The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival by Carine McCandless (2014) 256 pages. The author is the younger sister of Chris McCandless, the young man who went into the wilderness of Alaska and never returned. His story was made famous in the book, “Into the Wild.“
3. I Got Cancer but Cancer didn’t Get Me by Nick Nesvacil (2014) 140 pages. The gal who reviewed this enjoys reading books about local issues. Nick, the author, details some of the tools cancer patients and their support teams will need, and shares the story of STINGCANCER, the student-driven support group he founded in his role as a teacher and coach at Preble High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
4. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill (2014) 400 pages. Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources, award-winning Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and leads readers through Wilder’s growth as a writer.
5. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (2011) 305 pages. Yes, number 18 in the Stephanie Plum series. And Evanovich has still got it.
6. Remembering Mother, Finding Myself: A Journey of Love and Self-Acceptance by Patricia Commins (1999) 275 pages. A book about understanding our mothers as women and feeling an ongoing connection with them.
7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015) 336 pages. A thriller very much like Gone Girl. You won’t like any of these people and make sure that you don’t believe anything they say. It starts out slow but at one point you won’t be able to put it down.( I just finished reading it before I wrote this and it was better than Gone Girl.)
8. When Books went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Manning (2014) 288 pages. The story of a program that delivered millions of books to Americans in the military overseas during World War II.
9. Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie (2014) 416 pages. A historical novel about the invention of moveable type told from the point of view of the three men responsible, Peter Schoeffer, Johann Fust and Johann Gutenberg. Fascinating.