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
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
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
"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.
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.