‘They Left Us Everything’ by Plum Johnson is a memoir of childhood and the distressing inevitability of saying farewell as those we love leave us. This is the story of the things that parents leave behind for their children and what they ultimately do with it. Sorting through a lifetime of cherished items, nostalgic mementos and sentimental collections is a daunting task. It can be a very emotional experience. Ms. Johnson puts this final gift to our parents and ourselves into a true and clear perspective.
Have you found yourself forgetting where you put your keys, can’t recall the names of longtime friends or the reason you are now standing in the basement? Well you are not alone—we will all be in that boat. Millions of baby-boomers are coming to terms with being in the grip of one of greatest sources of anxiety for their aging generation. ‘Where Did I Leave My Glasses: The What, When and Why of Normal Memory Loss’ by Martha Weiman is a book that is chock full of useful guidance, sincere insight, poignant reminiscences and playful wit. It is a personal, practical and powerful view of the mysteries and myths of memory loss.
Joseph Boyden dazzled the literary world with his first novel, ‘Three Day Road,’ and followed it with the equally amazing ‘Through Black Spruce.’ He is a gifted narrator and his newest book, ‘The Orenda’ is a further testament to his talent as a storyteller. It is a 400-year-old tale of Canada where two worlds meet, collide and eventually begin to evolve. This is a tale that will evoke many emotions—kinship, longing, distrust, expectation, contempt and passion. A truly memorable read!
‘The Mapmaker’s Daughter’ by Laurel Corona is a spirited novel about self-hood, banishment and the sanctuary of home. It is a compelling saga featuring the intricacies of love as seen through the actions of a cast of engaging characters.
Teen Picks: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky and ‘Raven Cycle: Dream Thieves’ by Maggie Stiefvator.
DVD Pick: ‘Philomena’—starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan—a moving, brilliantly acted film based on a true story!
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