Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June (first half) 2016 Reads

From the Library

The House of Dreams by Kate Lord Brown
Fictional account of artists escaping occupied France. A mixture of real (Varian Fry) & fictional (Gabriel Lambert) characters. I liked it.

The Pier Falls: And Other Stories by Mark Haddon
Dark and absorbing tales. Really good.

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
A young man and a young woman meet near their colleges. They fall in love and marry--or do they? We are given three interwoven versions of what might have happened. A good read.

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Oddly, for a book that I liked, I found this easy to set aside and read other things (including the two listed above). But I did keep picking it up again and reading more. I finally finished it.

Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Spies roughing it in the Galapagos during WW2, a strange marriage, and the lifelong friendship of two women are all elements in this novel. Based (extremely) loosely on real lives.

The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang
Hmong refuge family, driven from the mountains of Laos by American's Secret War, through camps in Thailand, and relocated to Minnesota.

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