I realized I hadn’t posted a book review lately, which is a shame because I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and have, for the most part, enjoyed what I’ve read. Here’s a quick list. And guess what? I checked them all out at our local library!
“The World’s Strongest Librarian” by Josh Hanagarne – This is about a Mormon librarian who has Tourette’s and is so strong he can literally bend frying pans. If that doesn’t hook you, I’m not sure what will. It’s a very no-nonsense memoir about a man who has had to overcome amazing odds to have what he has today – a job he’s good at and a family he loves. If you have Tourette’s or know someone who does, then you need to read this book! Or if you like reading quirky non-fiction or memoirs, this book is for you.
“Gray Mountain” by John Grisham – I’ve just started this, but I’m already enjoying it. It’s set in 2008, just as the crash is happening. The recession sounded the death knell for Big Law, as Grisham calls is, which led to highly educated and very well-paid lawyers getting pink slips from their firms and scrambling to find a job, any job. Samantha Kofer is one such attorney, and she finds herself working for free as an intern at a legal aid clinic in coal country Virginia. I always enjoy books that expose another way of life, and life in Appalachia is a hard one – meth, domestic abuse, unemployment, and major environmental concerns due to consequences of mining are just some of the problems they seem to face. Grisham is always a pleasure to read, and I’m already looking forward to going home this weekend and finishing the story.
“The Son” by Philipp Meyer – All Texans should read this! It’s an epic saga that tells the stories of three members of a family at different periods in their history, starting with the Colonel, who established their dynasty. The story is also told from the viewpoint of one of his sons and one of his great-granddaughters. It’s a story that is rich in historical detail and does not shy away from the violence and struggle that made Texas the land it is today. It’s a blood-soaked history, but one could probably say the same for any other place. It gave me a much better appreciation for what it must have been like to live on the frontier and how if you did, you lived life on the edge.
Remember, if you’re ever looking for something to read, there’s no one better to ask than one of your friendly librarians!