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Five new books for your reading pleasure

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 05:01 am
It’s book time! I love Fannie Flagg’s “The Whole Town’s Talking.” But then I love anything Fannie Flagg writes. Her sense of humor pervades her writing. Her characters are so good one wishes they actually existed because they’d be so great to know. Her style makes you think writing is easy because it flows so smoothly. In other words, I strongly recommend this latest book.

In this very moving tale, we meet and fall in love with Lordor Nordstrom and soon with his bride. This is their story and the story of their friends and neighbors and the next generation - and then grandchildren, too. Life goes merrily along because these are fine people with integrity and love as core components. And even when their lives end, we follow them in this mysterious development. There are no answers. We just go with the flow and accept what Ms. Flagg gives us. And what she gives us is a genuine treat. In case you can’t tell, I’m a fan of Fannie Flagg and suggest you read all of her books, not just this one.

Wally Lamb has his followers, too, so “I’ll Take You There A Novel” will probably have a good run. His writing style makes for easy reading. And that’s what I think this book is for — just an easy read — then on to something memorable.

“Wonder,” by R. J. Palacio, is a Young Adult book given to me as a birthday gift. It’s the tale of a youngster with “facial differences,” a polite term for the grotesque face he was born with and which surgery cannot make normal, evidently. He’s about to become a student in fifth grade at the first school he’ll be enrolled in. How will kids treat him? Can he become comfortable? That’s what the reader finds out. I think youngsters reading it will learn about courage, not just Augie’s, but the one or two who show him support.

“The Hired Girl” was suggested to me because it is set in Baltimore, which was my parents’ home town and also because the author is a Newberry Medal Winner. She’s Laura Amy Schlitz, and she’s writing for a young audience. The protagonist is a 14-year-old. Your teenager may like it.

Harlan Coben’s newest book is “Home.” It’s the story of two boys who were kidnapped 10 years before this book begins. Now one boy is returned — or is he really the boy who was kidnapped? Will the other boy be rescued now, or is he even alive? The reader gets to empathize with the parents of both boys as all kinds of characters are introduced and take their places on the stage the author has created. I thought the book ran a little long, but you certainly may disagree with me if you pick up this novel.

“Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson, is next on my list. I’ll let you know about it, but it comes highly recommended. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Betty E. Stein is a retired teacher and resident of Fort Wayne. 

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