In 1941, the Germans surrounded the city of Leningrad. The history of the horrible struggles of the city's citizens during the years-long siege is told through the story of one family. Such a good book, so very well written, couldn't put it down.
I like the way Kate Atkinson writes. But boy was this book confusing when I got interrupted in the middle. Lots of characters - couldn't remember who they all were. Liked the book while reading it. Unfortunately, a week later I can't remember a whole lot about it.
Parallel stories as a current-day writer researches her heritage. Her grandparents met in Alippo, Syria in 1915 during the horrific Armenian genocide. Really gripping history, and heartbreaking stories of courageous people.
You wouldn't think a book set during the siege of Leningrad could be described as "fun", but this one was fun. ( a little graphic sometimes, but still, it was hard to put down.) Story of two guys sent on a quest to find a dozen eggs for a wedding cake, and their adventures along the way.
I loved this book. A man named Shakespeare returns to the family farm, which his father is in danger of losing because of his dementia. The story is sad but there are so many sweet or silly moments that it's very enjoyable.
Deborah (Cariola) passed this book to me a year ago?! As long as it took me to read this book, you couldn't guess how much I really liked every one of the stories in it. Maybe I was trying to stretch it out and make it last? I did want to start over as soon as I'd finally finished the last story. Loved the collection a lot, and highly recommend it. Especially, I suppose, to people like me who don't get the chance to read as often as they'd like.
Need to improve my eating habits, but green leafy vegetables aren't my favorite. Ordered myself a Vitamix blender so I can try to disguise greens inside fruit smoothies. The Vitamix lady recommended [The Green Life] as a reference, but the bookstore only had this book, so I picked it up instead. It's a disaster. It's lovely to look at, but not very professionally written. Maybe there will be a recipe or two I can use, but I'll probably find just as many recipes online, for free.
Book had an irresistible description to me, as a mom of 2 daughters ("oh please please don't let some dumb boy ruin my baby's future" is a thought that runs through my head frequently). It was a good book but the last third of it dragged.