River Region Readers

All are welcome to join us!  For more information contact Nancy Dennis

September 13 - Silent Honor by Danielle Steele. 
A powerful, moving portrayal  of families divided, lives shattered and a nation torn apart by prejudice. On December 7, Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese.  Within hours,  war is declared and suddenly Japanese-born Hiroko Takashimaya, a California college student, has become an enemy in a foreign land. This novel tells what happened to Hiroko and her American family (she was living with her uncle.  It  tells of Americans who were treated as foreigners in their own land.  And it tells  Hiroko’s story, and that of her American family, as they fight to stay alive amid  the drama of life and death in the camp at Tule Lake. SUGGESTED BY CHERYL DAVITZ

 October 11 - The Tattooist of Aushwich by Heather Morris.  
Based on interviews with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, who was forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. SUGGESTED BY JOANN WATERS

November 8 - The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.
Eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography and fate introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. SUGGESTED BY JOANN WATERS

 No meeting in December

Possibles for next year: 

Jan. 10 - 180 Seconds by Jessica Parker. Allison, a college junior named who lived within the foster care system until she was adopted at the age of 15. Allison unwillingly participates in a social experiment conducted by social media star Esben Baylor. The 180 seconds that this experiment takes sends Allison on a path to discover what love and friendship mean to her, as well as the realization that sometimes the strongest people hide the darkest demons. SUGGESTED BY CHERYL DAVITZ

 Feb. 14 or Feb. 21? - Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat by Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione. Camp David has played a vital role in American history over the past century, inviting presidents and international leaders alike to converge, converse, and relax. The author was the commander of Camp David for President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. SUGGESTED BY JOANN WATERS

 Recommended by someone I know for these times. I copied these and saved to pass along to y’all, but forgot where they came from:

 "Your 168" by Harry Kraemer is about how much time we have in a week (168 hours), how we put it to use, life balance and the values we choose to live by.

"Chefs' Fridges" is the (mostly) North American follow-up to Inside Chefs' Fridges, Europe, in which the authors reveal refrigerator habits and provide recipes for what chefs eat after a long day at the restaurant. Just released May 19 of this year.

Power Moves" by Grace McGoodwin is for any woman who feels stuck, lost, or confused by their career paths. It's not a guidebook to life but a manual for preparing you to guide yourself in a way that's healthy, helpful and fulfilling.

 Adding to the “friends of Nancy Dennis” book series:

 Life with Strings Attached by Minnie Lamberth. Meet seven-year-old Hannah Hayes, who lives on Evergreen Drive in Wellton, Alabama.  Hannah dreams of  becoming a preacher. Problem is, Wellton has never had a girl preacher before, and folks don't seem too warm to the idea. Joy, innocence, and a child's unique outlook on life shine through this debut novel. Full of spiritual sensitivities, Life with Strings Attached offers rare wisdom about life, mothers and fathers and daughters, and faith. Winner of the first Paraclete Fiction Award. Available on Amazon in Kindle and hardback. Minnie and I are longtime friends. She says you should read this one before you read her latest book, which follows.

Miss Bertie Explains the Beginning of the World by Minnie Lamberth. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear floral print dresses, knee-high stockings and cushioned lace-up shoes. Meet Bertie Dupree, a plus-sized Sunday school teacher now in her umpteenth year in the children’s department at the Wellton Baptist Church. Available on Amazon in Kindle and hardback. I now have signed copies of both books and if we have any interest in reading them as a group, I’m sure I could get the author to come to our meeting.

The Golden Rule, The Best Way to Live by Peter V. Gregerson Sr. This is a free, downloadable book. Mr. Gregerson, who is in his 90s, released this little book in April. He is the father of one of the Alabama Retail Association’s former chairmen.

 A couple of children’s books:

 The Case of the Cursed Curtain Call by Kim Roedl. This the second in the Max Brinkley’s Military BRAT Mysteries by Kim, a former colleague at the Montgomery Advertiser and a Prattville native. Only available in paperback from Amazon.

 Atty at Law By TIM LOCKETTE. Atticus Peale is desperately trying to save the life of a dog in the animal shelter where she volunteers. This is a middle-age children’s book. Release date Sept. 20, 2020. Tim is a reporter for the Anniston Star.

 Happy Reading!