The Poisonwood Bible

From Caryn Eve Murray
author: Kingsolver, Barbara
The Poisonwood Bible
This tragic epic of a minister’s family, following the family patriarch somewhat reluctantly as he does God’s work in the Congo, is a gripping study of faith and folly. Perhaps the greatest strength of this book, beyond its rich, dramatic narrative, is the strength of its female characters: the minister’s wife, and each of his four daughters, all give voice to the pages, speaking in turn, telling their stories as the chapters (and concomitant tragedies) unfold. Set against the backdrop of real history unfolding in that part of the world (Congo’s independence and political strife), this book is as much a history lesson for the uninitiated as it is a study in personal strength, traditions and superstition and perhaps best of all, both the pitfalls and payoffs of sticking to one’s convictions against all odds.

Mulch Ado about Nothing

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Churchill, Jill
Mulch Ado about Nothing
This is a fast summer read.  Suburban mom Jane Jeffry and her neighbor, Shelley Nowack, enroll in a botany class at their local community center, hoping that they can develop green thumbs.  Before the class even begins, Jane breaks her leg, an attempt is made on the teacher’s life, and the replacement teacher soon ends up dead.  Jane’s policeman boyfriend, Mel, is assigned to the case, but, of course, Jane and Shelley involve themselves in its solution.  Oh, Jane and Shelley never do develop green thumbs but they do learn the joy of instant gardens, thanks to the local nursery.

Breaking Night

From Hannah Columbo
author: Murray, Liz
Breaking Night
Liz Murray’s book is a tribute to the resiliency of human beings, as well as a very different kind of family story. A hungry but self-sufficient little
girl becomes a teen on the streets and finally a self-made woman. She saved herself after realizing that she was the one to help herself.
This is an inspirational story.