I'm often asked, "What is your favorite book of all time?" A difficult question to answer as there are so many books that stand out for so many reasons. If pushed to respond, I always say Mixed Marriage by Elizabeth Cadell. Written in 1969, the depiction of family is timeless.
It is one of very few books that had me laughing out loud as I read. Have I read it more than once? Yes. Will I read it again? Yes!
I noticed recently on Abebooks that Mixed Marrige is selling anywhere from $24 to over $500 and I'm lucky enough to have a copy.
A page dedicated to books I love and authors I admire..
Ah! At last I find it. The book I've been searching for for years is available from Abebooks - one copy only, but hey, that's all I need.
I read Jonathan when I was in high school. I'd found it in the library. Of course, years later, when I wanted to read it again, the library no longer had it and no bookstore could find it for me.
Why was I so keen to have another read? Because Jonathan truly tickled my funny bone. I was vaguely afraid to reread it these many years later. Would the book still live up to my memories? It did. Although dated in some respects, Jonathan is still a hoot and a welcome addtion to my bookshelf.
Each book we pick up and decide to read brings different joy for different reasons. Dorothy Gilmore's The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax undoubtedly captured my interest because the protagonist was a woman, and not only that "a woman of a certain age" as the French would say. She was a bit older than I was at the time I read the book, but near enough in age that I identified with her. The closeness I felt to the character no doubt enhanced my pleasure with the story. And that's without mentioning the wonderful touches of humor. I've read all of the Polifax books, some I've liked more than others, but all provided wonderful evenings of entertainment.
Are you old enough to remember the flood of email scams from Nigeria promising to make you rich? Who perpetuated the scheme and why. I Do Not Come to You by Chance tells the story from the despairing Nigerian's perspective. He'll take any means possible to make money for himself and his family. A beautifully written novel that takes the reader into a new world--a desperate world of need.
We, in the first world, can't fix everything, but we can help. I became a KIVA sponsor. You?
Published in 1934, it recounts the true story of 5,000 Armenian villagers who flee to the top of Musa Dagh, “the mountain of Moses.” There, for forty days, in the face of almost certain death, they suffer the siege of a Turkish army hell-bent on genocide. So sad. So compelling
My uncle gave me this book a long time ago. An amusing story of rice girl from the east who meets and falls in love with a cowboy who is half american and half Mexican. Published in 1929 it panted a lovely picture of innocent times.
I tried another of Kyne's books which was so racist I couldn't stomach it. How one author could write two such divergent stories baffles me.