The Dry Grass of August

I hope my grandmother never reads this.  I took this book off the shelf in her study without asking.  Which could land me in hot water if she found out.  Don’t worry though, I took good care of it, and it’s sitting by the garage door, ready to be returned on my next visit.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake tells the story of the Lusitania, a civilian luxury liner that a German U-boat sank in 1915.  The story follows not just the ship and select passengers, but also the story of the German U-boat and its crew.  Larson also adds a global perspective to the incident with his reading of its impact on President Wilson and the eventual entry of the United States into World War I.

Lucia, Lucia

Lucia, Lucia, like all of Trigiani’s books, includes themes of family and tradition.  It is set in New York City, just after World War II has ended.  Lucia is the only daughter of an Italian grocer.  Her brothers, loud and rambunctious, work for her father, while she is allowed to work as a seamstress at a high-end department store.  Lucia loves her family and culture, but struggles to make peace between responsibility and a desire to be more.

The List

Like the best chick lit, Adrienne meets a handsome, mysterious man who keeps her guessing. She wants the love story, but she also wants to make a name for herself.  In pursuit of both goals, hijinks, intrigue, and adventure ensues.

Past Imperfect

This book felt glittery and hopeful and wistful.  It was a love letter to a different time that lamented the best of what was lost while acknowledging how much was also gained.  If you are interested in British society and aristocracy, the swinging 60’s, or gentle (and sometimes harsh) character studies, this book is for you.