Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ABC Favorites

I found this meme over at the The Book Lady's blog and wanted to give it a try:

A- Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl

B- Blankets- Craig Thompson

C- Cat's Eye- Margaret Atwood

D- David Copperfield- Charles Dickens

E- Expecting Adam- Martha Beck

F- Fun Home- Alison Bechdel

G- Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell

H- His Dark Materials Trilogy- Philip Pullman

I- In the Woods- Tana French

J- Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

K- The Keeping Days- Norma Johnston

L- Life of Pi- Yann Martel

M- Midnight is a Place- Joan Aiken

N- Nine Horses- Billy Collins

O- Olive Kitteridge- Elizabeth Strout

P- The Polysyllabic Spree- Nick Hornby


R- Remember Me- Laura Hendrie

S- The Shipping News- Annie Proulx

T- Three Junes- Julia Glass

U-The Used World- Haven Kimmel

V- Vida- Marge Piercy

W- The Woman in White- Wilkie Collins


Y- The Year of Magical Thinking- Joan Didion


I obviously couldn't think of anything for Q, X and Z. I'll be on the lookout for some titles that fit those letters.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Shiniest Jewel- Marian Henley

I received a copy of this book free through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program. I was thrilled to get it because it was already on my Amazon Wishlist, signaling that I was prepared to pay good money for it. On top of the thrill of getting a free book is the realization that it's such a good one. Love, love, loved it!

The Shiniest Jewel is written in the style of a graphic novel and tells the story of Marion Henley's decision to adopt a baby from Russia and the chaos that follows, including parental reactions, illnesses, moves and the most frustrating bureaucratic maneuvers imaginable. Her story spares no detail of the process of International adoption and how it affects those who pursue it. In addition, there is the story of Marian's relationship with her aging father who falls ill just as the adoption process is starting to progress.

I loved the illustrations in the book and will long remember the face of the Orphanage Caregiver that led to the title of the book. This is a brave book. It ultimately shows the lengths that humans will go to love and cherish family members. Wherever they may be found.