|Mrs. Liz Browning|
B.A. English literature, DePauw University
M.A. English, Butler University
What am I reading these days?
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (2013)--I read this on the plane to Africa this summer. In fact, we were probably flying over the desert as I was reading. I've loved all of Bohjalian's works, and this is no exception.
The Inferno by Dan Browne (2013)--Makes me want to go to Italy. Field trip, anyone?
One Second After by William Forstchen (2011)--A student recommended this for me after he saw that I like The Road and Alas, Babylon. Scary what could happen to our world, and while I appreciated the novel and its message, I really, really love The Road and Alas, Babylon. Those are very much worth your time.
When She Woke by Hilary Jordan (2013)--I read her first novel Mudbound and was an instant fan. (I also had the opportunity to meet her at a Christmore Guild Book and Author cocktail party and wanted to adopt her as a friend--she's incredibly kind and approachable). This new novel is an allusion to The Scarlet Letter and a wake-up call for our world.
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos (2009)--Such a poignant story about the loss of a parent and what that does to a family. Kallos also wrote another novel called Broken For You that I loved.
The Tigers Wife by Teo Obreht (2011)--Not quite done with this one. It's August, so it's technically still summer, right?
Where's You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 92012)--This is another novel about a mother who is missing.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011)--A nonfiction look at gene cloning.
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (2006)--This dysfunctional marriage ends just the way you think it will. Tyler's voice nails the characters.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2013)--My book club picked this. I loved the way Walter moves us through several historical periods and shows us how we're all connected.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (2011)--A winner of the National Book Award, this novel chronicles the days prior to and immediately after Hurricane Katrina. The focus? A family of four children and their father. Theirs is a hard life in an outlying parish, and topics vary from the importance of family to burgeoning sexuality to survival of the most basic type. I really appreciated this glimpse into this very complicated family.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984)--great novel about a young girl living in Chicago. Using really, really short chapters, the reader gets a glimpse into her life.
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker (2009)--loved this novel. My book club chose it for our January meeting, and it was a fun read. It chronicles the life of a girl who is, well, giant-like. I heartily recommend following her journey through life's trials.
Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan (2011)--recommended by Dr. Nancy Conner of Indiana Humanities during a visit to my class. McMullan, a University of Evansville professor focuses on a young girl, Sam, who moves to Mississippi with her mother following the death of her father. It's 1962, and the tensions of civil rights permeates it. The novel won the 2011 Best Book of Indiana/YA Category/Young Adult Category. It was also nominated for The National Book Award. Go, Hoosier writers!
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