I read it for vine, DTB, and it is a very good "period" read (as in time period ). The characters are well developed and easy to bond with, for lack of a better word. I really enjoyed it. It is on Kindle yet?
*Edited to add, DUH, obviously on kindled if your downloading it
How useful can recommendations from strangers be? Decide for yourself -- first by reading reviews to see if the subject interests you, second by reading the sample to see if you like the author's style and if the beginning grabs you or not.
Some have suggested some great books...ones that I normally wouldn't have read. Also, some have steered me clear of some near disasters and wasting time and $$. If you let your likes and dislikes known; other members can be very helpful.
LibbyD: Some of the samples aren't really enough because some include the table of contents and preface which hog up the sample. I have found the boards advice very helpful; they will be sure to let you know if a book drones on or not.
These boards have introduced me to new Authors and new Genres. I have branched out since owning my K and joining these boards. My reading is much more diversified now.
I read it a few weeks back. I am a Southerner and grew up in B'ham, AL not long after the period the author wrote about. This was a difficult read for me. At times I wanted to put the book down and just walk away, but I never did. All that happened back then - happened. It was ugly, unjust, and wrong. Nothing will correct it. To me, turning my back or ignoring it would only add further insult.
That being said, I would definitely recommend the book. I, too, found the characters well developed. And, as good books tend to do, it will help you grow.
ellesu: Thanks so much. Some books are a bit disturbing but in the end so worth the read. I found that to be true with the Glass Castle...Though the subject matter bothered me I loved the book. I value your opinion. I agree, the past can't be changed...but we surely can learn from it. It can teach us what "not" to do.
I will add my hearty recommendation for The Help. My family is from the South, and has a history of having "help" as in the book. I don't remember my parents employing anyone, but their parents and many friends did. It is a pretty accurate representation of the time, and the characters are very well developed. I read through it very quickly because I enjoyed it so much.
I have to agree with Leslie: So many 5 star ratings across the board...that's what originally caught my attention. I also downloaded Fannie Flagg's 1. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven and 2. Standing in the Rainbow for the same reasons. (Besides: I LOVED...Fried Green Tomatoes and she had a hand in that as well.)
I couldn't put the book down. I was disappointed when I finished. The characaters were so well developed that you knew them and wanted to know how their lives continued. Like a previous poster, I have recommended this book to several people who came back and agreed that it was great. I have not heard one person say anything negative about it.
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