I'm not much of a rereader, so that doesn't happen all that often for me,
and that might make a difference, as it did with One Day.
A perfect example was the subject of one of my recent blog posts,
The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel.
communicative abilities, or are just curious, do yourself a favor...read it!
I am about ready to restart with
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
This book is truly 'bigger than life,' as is the author.
I cannot say enough good things about it!
I am in the midst of drafting a review, though I really think this will likely involve 2-3 blog posts.
There is so much to consider and discuss!
If not for the Social Just Book Club, founded by
Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm and
Shannon of River City Reading
I might not have read this yet.
Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South.
Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction.
Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and
doing God's work fighting for the poor, the oppressed,
the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast,
and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
Yapa uses fiction to depict complex aspects of our 'global' society on both a macro and a micro scale.I doubt these individual stories and the 'word pictures' Yapa creates will ever leave my mind. And that is a good thing! As varied and multi-layered as our political systems are, no less so are the lives of individual world citizens. And is this how subjugation and exploitation of the masses is still perpetuated in our world?
I would rather think not, but...I have no illusions, either.
And if I did, Yapa has eliminated them!
Again, as I have asked of myself so many times--
why must humans treat each other so inhumanely?
Interview of Sunil Yapa with Steve Inskeep on NPR's Morning Edition.
Michael Schaub's NPR review--I would disagree with his critique--
each reader has their own unique perspective.
From his interview with BookPage:
I think the essence of compassion is to hold
two contradictory feelings for someone at the same time.
You should really experience this book for yourself, in my opinion.
Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
This is a book the Borders Book Club I facilitate read
a few years ago, based upon a recommendation from
one of our members' then 13-year-old grandson! :)
We still mention this book every once in awhile during discussions/meetings!
It had a heartfelt impact upon each of us.
For those who rarely, if ever, read juvenile literature, it was
rather a shock to discover such "adult" themes in a "kid's book."
But as we talked, I realized that at age 13
I was reading Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn's books!
I think exploring such issues at a young age can provide a
'frame of reference,' if you will, in the future.
As a young person with little life experience I believe we can actually read such atrocities without absorbing them as deeply or internalizing them as intensely as we may do in adulthood. At least that is how it worked for me.
We may have the 'awareness,' but the reality isn't absorbed as a child.
That comes later in life.
The School of Essential Ingredients and The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister
The Borders Book Club I facilitate read
The School of Essential Ingredients
quite a few years ago and then
The Lost Art of Mixing when it was published.
I felt I could recommend to any book-purchasing customer without reservation...and I did!
All. The. Time.
I never once heard anyone who had read
this book have a negative thing to say about it.
I believe it is it's own magic!
That same powerfully unique writing skill
inhabits the second novel as well.
It is not uncommon for us to end up using Bauermeister's books
in discussions throughout the years, many times as a comparison.
These books remain in our hearts and souls...
For me, personally, I rarely grow to dislike a book over time, rather it is the opposite--
I tend to internalize the emotional and intellectual aspects of what
I have read and liked or loved.
More often than not, my initial impression is my overall opinion.
How about you?
Does a book change over time for you?