Simply put, this is one of the most compelling books I’ve read all year. It is the fascinating story of perhaps the most unconventional family ever! From the first paragraph of the book, when Walls sees her mother picking through a dumpster on the streets of New York, you know you’re in for an unusual ride. Walls tells her story in a simple, straightforward style that belies the gravity of what she and her siblings experienced. Are Jeannette’s parents criminally negligent or just untameable free spirits? That she managed not only to survive, but thrive and become a successful journalist, is truly amazing. Susan Skirboll
Clarissa is a young woman who finds that she cannot return to normal life after her father dies. He has kept a secret from her that throws her life into disarray. To find out who she really is, she travels to Lapland. Vendela Vida’s straightforward prose is to the point, but never lacking in insight or emotional depth. Besides, how many novels take you to Lapland? It is a part of the world I knew nothing about. The mood of the book seems to echo the landscape in which it takes place. Mostly though, this is a book about seeking the truth and about overcoming the past.
When the holidays are over, you need a good book to get you through the bleak midwinter. Grab yourself a comfy chair, a blanket, something good to drink and open up Fingersmith. Sue Trinder, a poor girl in Victorian London, is raised by a family of thieves. She is persuaded to pose as the maid of Maud Lilly, rich young woman in order to help steal her inheritance. But as Sue gets to know Maud, she finds that she has second thoughts about going through with the plot. What follows is an intense story of female friendship and betrayal, complete with exciting twists, turns, and unexpected revelations. WARNING: This book may cause late night reading and sudden cases of unputdownedness - approach with caution.