The Help

From Shari Brunning
author: Stockett, Kathryn
 The Help
A great don’t put down story about 2 black maids in the 60’s in Jackson, Miss. agreeing to put their life on the line telling a new writer just out of Ole Miss (a girl who was raised by one maid also residing in the community) about their life raising white children and what it’s like to be in a white family’s home. They are trying to start their own movement getting blacks and whites to co-exist in a world where black maids can only use certain bathrooms or dishes, etc.

Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga #1

From Hannah Columbo
author: Roberts,Nora
Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga #1
Sea Swept tells the tale of three brothers adopted by Raymond Quinn and his wife, Stella. They are as different as can be, but they are bound by their love and respect for their adoptive father, who has recently passed away. On his deathbed he asks his sons to look after their most recent brother, 10-year-old Seth. The brothers don’t know anything about caring for the young boy but they realize that family help each other.

This is a book about how love and family can overcome all obstacles. Easy and enjoyable read.

Unfamiliar Fishes

From Ellen Druda
author: Vowell, Sarah
Unfamiliar Fishes
Sarah Vowell’s slightly sarcastic and very personal telling of the Americanization of Hawaii begins with the arrival of Capt. James Cook and  ends in the 19th century, when we annexed the islands. The history throws sharp focus on the natives themselves: their cultural rituals and royalty, the innocent lifestyle and the effect of the many Christian missionaries, and how their lives were changed by America’s Manifest Destiny and the rowdy whalers from around the world. The magnificent beauty and strategic location of the islands play important roles in the story too, which turns out to be a sad condemnation of Western civilization.

Up close [sound recording]

From Chris Garland
author: Johnson, Eric
Up close [sound recording]
 Texas guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson returns with his latest album, Up Close. If you are fan of guitar music, this album delivers. The album has a more spontaneous feel than previous Johnson efforts which tend to strive for sonic perfection. Thematically the album is pop/rock with a touch of blues and country, a departure for Johnson since on past albums he delves into all musical genres. Guests include Steve Miller on the blues classic “Texas” where Johnson and Jimmie Vaughn trade solos. Another standout track is the autobiographical tune “Austin” where Johnny Lang takes the lead vocal. Eric shines on the pop instrumental “Gem” and adds one of his greatest guitar solos to the song “Arithmetic”. The album concludes with Johnson paying tribute to his father on the tune “Your Book” where Sonny Landreth add his poignant slide guitar. Up Close is a terrific disc that stands up well to the artist’s best work.

By nightfall

From Michele Lauer-Bader
author: Cunningham, Michael
By nightfall
By Nightfall takes place in NYC’s Soho. The all-right comfortable marriage of Peter and Rebecca Harris reaches a crisis when Rebecca’s much-younger brother Mizzy (Ethan) comes for a brief stay. Mizzy has a continuing drug problem and a “what will I do with my life” decision to make. When he comes to NYC to perhaps start over, Peter finds himself infatuated with his brother-in-law. The story moves along at a slow even pace until the end when Mizzy’s motives are revealed and Peter and Rebecca make a decision about their marriage.