As promised, here is "READit recommendations part 2". READit is the book discussion group that meets at the Cherokee Public Library on Thursday mornings. Please come join us at 10 a.m. for a great time talking about books!
Jean Miller chose 'The Dressmaker' by Kate Alcott. The main character, a young woman with a passion is to design clothing, secures a position as a maid to a famous designer. Together they set sail on the Titanic. The book is an interesting vivid portrayal of the ship's abbreviated voyage and the aftermath that affected its passengers.
Betty Berigan lists a current nonfiction title as a good read. 'Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation' by Scott Farris profiles twelve men, Stephen Douglas, Adlai Stevenson and Al Gore among them, whose accomplishments are an important part of American history even though they did not occupy the White House.
Loretta Barrett recommends the 'Rose Trilogy' by Jennifer Donnelly. The first book, 'The Tea Rose', centers around London's tea trade in the time of Jack the Ripper. It is followed by 'The Winter Rose', a fascinating story of a female doctor in London's East End. The third book, 'The Wild Rose', is full of adventure about mountain climbing, and travels all over the world. Those of us who have read these excellent books hope someday to see a fourth installment.
Jan Cook listens almost as much as she reads, so her pick is an audio book, 'Killing Lincoln' by Bill O'Reilly. Whether you like O'Reilly or not, this book has been touted as being a must - read for anyone interested in that era of American history. Reviews call it "a white knuckle thriller, action packed and emotionally engaging." A known historical event is retold in an enthralling manner.
Arlene Hollenbeck speaks highly of 'Home Front' by Kristin Hannah. A wife and mother tries to maintain a balance between her military career as a helicopter pilot and her home life knowing that her marriage is in trouble. Deployment brings a tense standoff with her husband as he copes with her absence while she faces daily danger in a war zone. It's a page turner.
Carmen Henke's standout is 'The Thirteenth Tale' by Diane Setterfield. An elderly author, famous for twelve entertaining accounts of her imagined life, is finally ready to reveal the truth. A biographer, a victim of a troubled past herself, is hired. Both struggle to come to terms in what has been called "a rousing good ghost story".
Please call 225-3498 if any of these are of interest.