From Mary Quirindongo
My sister’s Keeper
At first I didn’t like reading this book. It was a little confusing the way she separated the characters and kept jumping back and forth. I’m glad I stuck with it. The story is about a family who discovers their child has leukemia at the age of two. Read what they go through to save her including having a baby that is a genetic match for her sister.Read about Jesse the brother who seems to be invisable once Kate is diagnosed. This book is worth reading.
From Alicja Feitzinger
author: Yedaya, Keren
This is a compelling drama about a young Jewish woman, Mali Wolf. Her father owns an auto repair shop in the heart of Jaffa. Mali and Toufik, a Palestinian mechanic, have been in love for years and now she is pregnant. As they plan their future together, an unexpected tragic incident changes
their lives. Mali is making tough choices as she is forced to deal with her unhappy family life and her uncertain future. This movie received mixed reviews, but I happen to like it. Mali’s strong character and the ultimate outcome made this story memorable and I would recommend it.
From Catherine Given
author: Fuller, Alexandra
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Fuller weaves a colorful, disturbing, and finally inspiring story of her
childhood in Africa. This story makes Isak Dinesen’s “Out of Africa” (“which I also loved”) “seem like Pollyanna.” Gritty, suspenseful and at times gory, this story is like a defibrillator for the cushy, suburban heart. In true and perceptive detail, “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” depicts Fuller’s early life as a bright and gutsy white girl growing up at the mercy of her idiosyncratic homesteader parents in mid-19th-Century southern and central Africa. I marveled at her ability to recall with meaningful understanding events that she had experienced as a pre-teen. We see the family’s life in an Africa resplendent with natural beauty yet raw in its relentless intensity amid political unrest. Not only are members of the family devoured by insects, and subject to bouts of malaria –they face overwhelming challenges, including for one period, mistreatment due to extreme racial prejudice as the only whites in the region. Their lifestyle is also deeply affected by the mother’s alcoholism, which worsens as tragedy repeatedly strikes. I couldn’t put it down.