Thursday, January 26, 2006

Recommended Reading

We’d like to recommend 3 very different books, all entertaining and well worth reading.

The first, Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, is a fast paced, high action mystery thriller set within the Vatican and the streets of Rome. Brown, the author of the extremely popular Da Vinci Code , leads us through the realm of an ancient secret society that intends to destroy the face of the Catholic Church forever. This book effortlessly combines science, religion, history, and murder in such a way as to keep the reader eagerly reading to its final surprising conclusion. Angels and Demons is a highly entertaining, page turning experience.

The next recommended title is The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea. This enchanting book is the story of Teresita, a young Mexican girl in the late 1800’s, who, through the teachings of the village curandera, becomes a miraculous healer. This historical novel is populated with memorable, unique characters and, according to the author, is based on the life of his great aunt Teresita who later became Mexico’s “Saint of Cabora”. Anyone looking for a book that satisfies on many different levels will not want to miss reading The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

Last, but definitely not least is Frank McCourt’s newest contribution to the world of memoirs. This renowned author of Angela’s Ashes and 'Tis has now turned to the telling of his first love in the writing of Teacher Man, the highly entertaining story of his 30 year teaching career in the high schools of New York. McCourt writes of the difficulties and dignities of this largely thankless profession with his usual irreverent wit and sometimes heartbreaking honesty. This book is a tribute to teachers everywhere, and a must read for everyone.

If you've read any of these books or want to make suggestions to other patrons, we invite you to comment here.

-Marilyn Fay
Adult Services

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