Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Audio Book Club

At our last book club meeting we talked about The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. She describes the rise of Wang Lung, a poor Chinese peasant. The story begins with his wedding day, as he ponders his good fortune that now he will have a woman to take over the chore of lighting a fire to heat the water for his bath. With the help and patience of his new wife, O-lan, Wang Lung becomes a rich landowner. DB37294. This was very interesting and opened my eyes to the way the culture in China used to be. If you've never read it, check it out.

The next Book Club meeting will be on April ninth and we'll talk about My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. When Kate is diagnosed with a rare leukemia her parents create test-tube baby Anna to save her life. After years of medical procedures Anna, now thirteen, is expected to donate a kidney. She files for medical legal emancipation and throws the family into a fundamental moral crisis. DB58402

Here are four other books I've enjoyed recently: not my normal bloody violent mysteries but something lighter. Incidentally, they're all read by Mitzi Friedlander.

All That Matters by Stef Ann Holm, is a romance based in Boise, Idaho. Plans for a new megastore chain grocery threaten the lease on Chloe Lawson's gourmet bakery. Widowed attorney John Moretti, who is struggling to raise two surly teenagers, agrees to help Chloe come to terms with the corporation. DB68555

The Black Sheep's Daughter by Carola Dunn is an old-timey Victorian romance. Teresa Danville has grown up on her father's coffee plantation in the jungles of Costa Rica. Her father decides she must go to London to learn the social graces. Sir Andrew Graylin is to accompany her. At their first meeting she shoots a deadly snake at Andrew's feet; later, she escapes from a jaguar, and at sea she rescues the human cargo of a slave ship. Can London society tame this woman? DB32627

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks, my favorite yet, is a stalker romance. Or is it? While serving in Iraq, Logan Thibault finds a photo of a blonde woman wearing a "lucky lady" T-shirt. Oddly, the picture brings him luck--first with cards and then in battle. Still mystified about her five years later, Logan tracks down the lady--a single mom. DB67541

Comfort Food Kate Jackson has successful TV chef "Gus" Simpson about to turn fifty. Her show's format is changed and she has to share the stage with a former beauty queen. As Gus's daughters help Gus during a special live episode, Gus becomes attracted to the show's new producer. DB67901


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