Maira's Books

In January of 2005 I started this blog as a record of books I’ve read as I was afraid I would forget what I have read. I have often referred back to my own blog to remember a book's contents or see what I have read by an author. I have enjoyed passing my books on to friends or recommending books to read. I know I have missed recording some, but in general I try to keep up with what I have read or listened to.

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Location: Kalamazoo, MI, United States

I am a librarian at Waldo Library at Western Michigan University.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (2010)

Allende does a wonderful job of bringing to life places and historic times. Haiti, Cuba and New Orleans, and the story of a slave girl who ends her life free. Amazing, may be my book of the year. I think I wrote it up on paper somewhere - just have to find it.

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Deliver Us from Evil by David Baldacci (2010)

Baldacci continues to be a great story teller. This one was a bit gruesome for me, as they go after a Nazi torturer.

This is Where We Live by Janelle Brown (2010)

Well, definitely a novel of the times. A young couple run into the current economic crisis, as their mortgage (in LA) balloons and their promising careers stall out. Jeremy the musician, who can't quite finish an album, has a past girlfriend Aoki, an exotic and quirky artist - and you know she will reappear in his life. Claudia, a film director, is crushed when her first film bombs and she is forced to take a job teaching film at an elite private school. I am sorry, for most of the world to get a decent paying job on a moments notice in a great setting would be miracle enough, and she never appreciates it. I spent way too much time during the novel feeling uncomfortable - with the actual economic crisis, the choices the characters were making, the way they were thinking. There were parts I liked, such as Jeremy watching a family with crying kids in a store and hoping he never has kids, and then later seeing a father with his daughter and realizing how wonderful it can be to have a family, but  I will not be looking for more books by this author, thanks.

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