Monday, August 02, 2010

Two New Library Loves: Read Them!

Continuing my library love, I have to talk up the two books I've been reading in the past week--both SO great. First, I finished The Help a few days ago. It is really a tremendous achievement for a first-time novelist and I just hated having to put it down. A serious page turner that has the characters really coming alive in your mind--so much so, I'm still thinking about them (especially Aibelleen), days since I finished the book. Loved every page. Cried at the end (and a couple times in other places).

On Saturday, I started reading the non-fiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Wow! As a person not particularly interested in science, I have found this book about cell culturing and the discovery of the HeLa cell line, (from the cells of a poor, til-now, unsung heroine, Henrietta Lacks) that helped find a cure for polio and create numerous other important medical advances, infuriating, engaging and totally engrossing. The more I read, the more I want to read. I'm about two-thirds through it, but can't wait to see how it all wraps up. It is really an amazing, and often sad and unjust, true story.

Need to line up my next book at CPL. Any reccos? Am thinking about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I have to say, I am loving making use of the quiet time when my boy is napping with a good book and cutting out all the background noise of the TV. Makes me want to get my chores done that much faster, so I can get back to the story!

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