The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection

From Gina Scaglione
author: Strobel, Lee
The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection
The weekend before Easter, I took my daughter to an event at a local Christian church.  We do not attend the church, but they had sent an invitation home in the kindergartener’s folders at school.  When I arrived they handed out the book “The Case for Easter”.  Not being a Christian, I tossed the book aside when I got home.  However, although I am not a Christian, I am a theist and absolutely love reading books on all different religions.  Well, when I was looking for something to read I grabbed this book.  I’m glad that I did!  Although I do not believe everything in it, the book did reopen my eyes to the way spiritual people can be treated.  If you simply need a reminder about how thankful we all should be, read this book.

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Spiegelman, Art
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
I have read this allegorical book many times.  Spiegelman takes a journey of understanding about the holocaust, and specifically his parents’ holocaust experience, and uses anthropomorphic animal characters to relate this journey.  Because of its comic book style, Maus has been both lauded and vilified.  Does this style make Maus more effective or is it irreverant?  Readers must come to their own conclusions, but it is a “don’t miss” read.

Fontamara

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Silone, Ignazio
Fontamara
This novel, set in a poverty-stricken village in southern Italy under Mussolini’s regime, is a classic study of the human condition.  The village is being legally robbed of a vital resource, water, that puts their already marginal exhistance at further jeapody.  This novel is both heart wrenching and earthly humorous. It’s meaning can be applied to any people, at any period of history, who are rendered powerless by their socio-economic-political environment.  Fontamara is truly a novel that transcends time.

Gone to Green

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Christie, Judy
Gone to Green
Lois Barker is an editor for a city newspaper in the Midwest.  She inherits a newspaper in rural Louisiana.  She moves down there hoping to turn the paper around and then sell it so she can return to her corporate lifestyle. She meets an interesting assortment of people, making new friends and enemies as she fights corruption and prejudice, and works to revitalize both the paper and the town.  In the end she must make the choice between her old lifestyle and her new one. Although the plot was somewhat predictable, it was an interesting book that gave me a glimpse into small town life in the south.  I plan on reading the sequel.