I recently had a mini-rant about buying books from the bargain section of Barnes & Noble. In the interest of fairness, I need to take that back. I read three bargain books in a row that were quite good, and this was one of them. In fact, I’d even say that Gold broke my streak of choosing bad fiction books. Thank goodness.
Written by Spencer Quinn Spencer Quinn wrote one of my all-time favorite series. Chet and Bernie hold a place in the pantheon of Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, Flicka, and Percy Jackson. Illustrious company in my book. The day my dad handed The Right Side to me, my heart sank. I am absolutely terrified that this…
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.
Let me see how many adjectives I can use to describe this book: dreamy, lovely, sad, poetic, joyful, imaginative, quirky, fun, unexpected, delightful, difficult…perfect.
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 Light of Paris does what all great (yes, I said “great”) books do. It puts you in the shoes of the protagonists, so that you occasionally blink and realize that you aren’t in the story.
The entire story is told through letters or emails between twins – Harry and Matilda. I would have thought this structure would annoy me, but it worked in this book.