1) The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. This was a debut novel and so, as such, I think the author may
I found the end to be quite weak, but the rest of the book was fairly enjoyable. I like the author's humor. I had come across the book for a dollar, so it was worth the read!
2) The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. I was terribly disappointed in this book. I have
I am somewhat surprised that I finished the book. I think that I kept waiting for it to get better. And, admittedly, the last chapter was the best of the book, in my opinion. I wish the rest of the book had been as good.
The last two books were books from my two book groups. They were both big winners!
3) always outnumbered, always outgunned by Walter Mosley. Unbeknownst to us (my book group),
The book consists of fourteen short stories, all about Socrates' life. Each story seems to tell how Socrates dealt with different issues or dilemmas that he faced in his life in LA. One of the topics of the stories was about his relationship with Darryl, a young black boy who he befriended and tried to take care of.
"'You stood up for yourself, Darryl,' Socrates said. 'That's all a black man could do. You always outnumbered, you always outgunned.'"This book was written in 1998, and, sadly, is so timely for today. A really good book.
4) These is my Words by Nancy Turner. This is one of the most interesting and easy to read, heartfelt