Mary submitted this review for the 2013 Beneath the Surface Adult Reading Program.
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Hours by Michael Cunningham tells the tale of three women at three different moments in the 20th century. One of the women happens to be Virginia Woolf. The book is written in Woolf's style. The lives of all three women are explored through a single day, a day with an accent to it, a celebratory day. For Virginia, she is moving back to London. For Clarissa, she's throwing a party for a friend and Laura is baking a cake for her husband's birthday. Each woman is drawn deeply into the details of her day: writing, social life or children. And the challenges and complexities of each day lead to dark thoughts.
I'm a huge fan of Virginia Woolf so I thoroughly enjoyed Cunningham's knowledgeable tribute to her style and work.
Suzanne submitted this review for the 2013 Beneath the Surface Adult Reading Program.
In The Woods / Tana French
It starts with a young boy whose 2 friends mysteriously disappear, and then jumps ahead 20 years to when he is a detective on a homicide squad. While working to solve the murder of a child, he begins to suspect this case is connected to the disappearance of his friends 20 years earlier.
I liked this book because so many characters are intertwined and there is more than one mystery to be solved. The ending surprised me - it's not what I expected.
Fern submitted this book review for the 2013 Beneath the Surface Adult Reading Program.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
This is the story of William Dodd and his family after he is appointed Ambassador to Germany in 1933, a post he kept until 1937. He became aware of the Hitler menace at a time when Hitler could have been stopped, but government officials in the state department and foreign service were unwilling to listen to him. The US was isolationist at this time and there was anti-Semitism in high places. Dodd was a history professor and selected because no one else wanted the job.
This was a highly researched history book that reads like a novel. While it is a serious topic, it indulges us with the "romances" of older daughter Martha, an almost divorcee who resides with the Dodd, his wife and older brother Bill.
Eileen submitted this book review for the 2013 Beneath the Surface Adult Reading Program.
Marry Me - Jo Goodman
This story is set in Colorado in 1884. Dr. Cole Monroe accepts an offer from a small town in Reidsville, CO to leave his practice in New York City. While visiting a family on the outskirts of town, he realizes that the father has been mistreating his 23 year old child, Rhyne, she has a miscarriage, and the doctor takes her to live with him and his sister. Eventually they fall in love and marry. After their wedding celebration, many in the town become ill and the doctor researches the cause. He finds that someone knowingly contaminated the food at the party and investigates until he finds the guilty party. Rhyne is then ready to confront her father about all of the problems he caused her.
I liked that this book was an easy read, with enough family drama to keep you from wanting to put the book down.
Suzanne submitted this book review for the 2013 Beneath the Surface Adult Summer Reading Program.
What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg
A middle-aged woman going to visit her mother after 35 years of estrangement mulls over her childhood with her mother, father and sister, and all the things that led up to her mother leaving the family.
I liked this book. It has a little mystery about it, the main character as a child is fascinating. It makes you think about your own family relationships.
Rhea submitted this book review for the 2013 Beneath the Surface Adult Summer Reading Program.
"I" is for Innocent by Sue Grafton
Female private detective Kinsey Milhone is working on a six-year-old murder, trying to prove, or disprove the suspected murderer's alibi, in the meantime running across a hit-and-run from the time, the possible poisoning of the last detective, an unreliable witness, and many more possible suspects before she ends up in a shooting match with the murderer.
I liked the book because of the character development, interesting visual descriptions, and the many twists in the plot.