Friday, May 26, 2017

Like One of the Family by Alice Childress, 221 pages

This was a collection of short stories that originally dated from the late 1950s by a African-American writer. It's Mildred, who's a domestic in New York, talking to her friend, Marge, about a variety of subjects and topics. This was pretty shocking when it came out, and is still compelling. No matter how far the world has come in race relations, we still have a long way to go it seems.

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige, 277 pages

This is the final book in the Oz series by Danielle Paige. The series has imagined what would happened if Dorothy returned to Oz? But this isn't the happy, cute story you know from the movie. Dorothy is power-hungry, her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion are terrifying and Oz is paying the price.
This was a great teen read, very compelling and interesting for anyone who enjoyed the Oz story and wondered what happened after.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 274 pages

I'm so glad book club read this for May. I knew I'd read it before, but it had been a long time ago, and I had it in my mind that it was okay, but not my favorite. It was much better than I remember. It was a sweet read, reminding me very much of The Little Princess (also by the same author) and Little Women. So glad to have my opinion of this book changed.

The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman, 448 pages

This looked at the Tudors, covering Henry VII through Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen, ending with James. The book examined how they presented themselves publicly and how they lived privately, oftentimes using the separation as a tool. I'm a huge fan of English historical nonfiction, and I still learned a lot of new information from this book.

Dorothy Must Die Stories Volume 2 by Danielle Paige, 307 pages

The second set of stories continuing the look at what would happen to Oz if Dorothy returned.

Dorothy Must Die Stories by Danielle Paige, 377 pages

This series imagines what would happen to Oz if Dorothy returned.
These stories feature looks at the characters of Oz and what happened to them immediately after Dorothy returned to Oz. It's dark, vivid and a great read.