Book Briefs: Family Sagas & Secrets

When not reading every Curious George title or mischief myths written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, I try to read a few adult books. Here’s some recently read fiction that flew by fast.

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards takes place in a lake town in upstate New York. Family history (family tree included), art, women’s rights, a bit of rekindled romance, and a huge secret.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
Another Afghani story from Kite Runner author that spans generations and continents. This one could have used a family tree.  A poignant portrayal of how history and politics impact a family.

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall.
It’s 1963 and 9 –year- old Starla runs away from her grandmother in Mississippi to find  her mother in Nashville. She meets Eula, a black woman who’s traveling with a white infant boy.  A journey and family story set in early Civil Rights era.

I picked up some non-fiction at the library today: The Spy Who Loved about British secret agent Christine Granville and The Accused, the story of the Polish singer Vera Gran who survived the Warsaw Ghetto only to be denounced as a Nazi collaborator.

Also, the new Stephen King, Joyland.  Got to mix it up!

What are you reading this summer?


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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3 Responses to Book Briefs: Family Sagas & Secrets

  1. Colline says:

    A new Stephen King? I need to try that one.


  2. I’ve been working through Dolores Cannon’ s Convoluted Universe series (4 books).


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