Cary, Anthony, & Alice: More Books

Summer’s nearly over. Here’s a few titles to carry you through Labor Day.

Princess Bride fans take note. Cary Elwes, the actor who played Wesley, has written a memoir about the making of the 1987 movie, based on the 1973 book by William Goldman. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of movie making. You read how the film was cast and produced, and of the obstacles, like unpredictable British weather and actor injuries. You learn how director Rob Reiner had to leave the set to stifle his laughter when Billy Crystal, playing Miracle Max, added so many lines to the script he left everyone in hysterics. Reading the memoir reminded me how charming the book and movie are and how I need to reread and rewatch. 516Fd4+DlsL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_

Five hundred plus pages fly by in Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, the well-deserved 2015 Pulitzer winning World War II novel. We meet a blind French girl, Marie-Laure and an orphaned German boy, Werner whose lives ultimately intertwine on the remote French coast of Saint-Malo. Told in short chapters, alternating from one character to the other, the novel is compelling . 51MfO0a70ZL._AA160_

I’ve always been an Alice Hoffman fan since way back and enjoy her more recent fiction, especially  The Dovekeepers. In The Marriage of Opposites she brings us to the tropical island of St. Thomas in the early 1800’s where Rachel, the future mother of Impressionist artist Camille Pissaro, defies her synagogue and society to marry Frederick Pizzaro, a family business associate. Set at a time when slavery existed and people didn’t cross racial barriers, the novel shows how this family (based on fact), managed to thrive and maintain friendships. 51pHROF6adL._AA160_

 

Happy to have some book suggestions!

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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. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (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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12 Responses to Cary, Anthony, & Alice: More Books

  1. I’ll be right over to raid your library Lisa! ❤
    Diana xo

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  2. BarMar Klein says:

    ← Weighing in on “Watchman”
    Thank you, Lisa. Been looking for a good book to read

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  3. Pat Skene says:

    Thanks for the suggestions…read All the Light…and loved it. But not the other two. I’m reading The Nightingale right now and I’m exhausted. Was up last 2 nights until 1:30am…excellent book!!

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  4. > Thank you Lisa. Been looking for a good book to read

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  5. Thank you Lisa, been looking for something good to read

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  6. Margaret C says:

    Lisa, for another book that intersects with WWII, did you read Life After Life? To be honest, the reviews sounded awful to me, and I was dismayed when book group chose to read it, all the more so when it turned out to be 500+ pages, but I enjoyed it very very much & am looking forward to her related book A God In Ruins.
    Always enjoy your comments. Best to everyone! m

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  7. “The Council of Dads” is a sad-ish but poignant book. I like your suggestions, especially the first one with the back-story to that movie. I always enjoy reading back-stories.

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  8. Leah says:

    Been wanting to read “All the Light We Cannot See.” Glad to hear it was good!

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