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06 August 2010

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I'm as adolescent as they come, and I agree, CR. Unless the Germans invaded the restaurant during this "flash through his mind," I'm not sure thinking about sex is a one second event. I hope you're enjoying your weekend! It's 57 degrees and cloudy in Seattle this weekend. We're trying to grow tomatoes...

For a beautifully written and extremely tragic piece of historical fiction for young adult readers, there is Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli. It's based on a little known story of a group of Sicilians living in Mississippi during the turn of the 20th century. (Remember when we didn't have to specify which century when we said "turn of the century"?) Even if you don't like YA, get the book for its bibliography.

You're a better reader than I. After about 20 pages, I bailed on this one. I loved "City of Light" and had high hopes for "A Fierce Radiance" (esp. since it has such a great title). Hopes were dashed, book was returned to the library. So it goes.

Venta, my fellow adolescent,
Isn't it exciting to feel so young? :)

Thank you, as always, for the YA suggestion--lately I've been finding a lot more to like in the YA books than the adult ones.

Unruly,
Hey, I'm so glad to hear I wasn't the only one with this problem! I'm sorry your hopes were dashed too.

I liked City of Light because I grew up in the area and knew all the locations and the players. But I still felt it fell short of what I thought it could be. So I am not even going to bother with this new one based on your comments, excerpt etc. And i think I'm having a biography kind of summer ...

Bummer. I have an ARC from PLA (ooh those librarian acronyms). Was just about to start it for a state library conference program list. I'll at least try it. Author has been a film producer - wonder if that has anything to do with the "visualness".

Linda,
Find any good biographies then, so far this summer?

Sarah,
Do try it. I'll admit historical fiction isn't normally my thang, and you know how I feel about WWII. So you may have a different experience.

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