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Recent Reads

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (2012)—Recommended.  Set in North Carolina, a new, charismatic preacher enthralls most of a town, leading to the absolute worst results.  The story unfolds from the viewpoints of a boy, a woman who sees what the preacher is really like, and the sheriff, providing a rich variety of insight into events.  My only disappointment is the way the book ended.  I guess I expected something more.

Carter Reed by Tijan (2013)—Recommended.  After killing her roommate’s mafia boyfriend, Emma seeks help from her dead brother’s childhood best friend, Carter, who she knows is involved with a rival mafia group.  Carter’s only too happy to help Emma, and not for any altruistic reasons.

The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant (2009)—Recommended.  Entertaining fictionalized account of Bondurant’s grandfather and great-uncles during their bootlegging years in Prohibition-era Franklin CountyVirginia.  I might give a slight edge to the resulting movie, Lawless, over the book, though that could be entirely the influence of Tom Hardy. 

Hoodie by S. Walden (2012)—Highly recommended.  Paired together for an English assignment near the end of their senior year in high school, their resulting relationship causes changes Anton and Emma could never have predicted.  Why are the best, most memorable fictional love stories usually tragic?


Claire said…
i haven't heard of or read any of these, I love getting book recommendations!

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Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

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What are your current little pleasures?