Feels good to return with a book review

I just read The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls and loved it. It’s the story of two sisters (around 11 and 14) trying to make their way alone when their mother basically abandons them. They are great little heroines, funny and brave and admirable. Of course they encounter some villains, but the book stands resoundingly on the side of good…the idea that most people will help when they can.

One of my favorite books of the year so far. (Also, if you haven’t read her memoir, The Glass Castle, I highly recommend it as well.)

– Jen

11 Responses to “Feels good to return with a book review”

  • kp Says:

    Missed you Jen! I have been checking weekly to see if you would return, so it was a welcome hug to get a hello from you, especially with a response to a book. And I was looking for an uplifting one. I just read “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, and while I adore his writing, I always leave them feeling heartbroken. So thanks for suggesting something lighter! Hope to hear more from you soon!

  • Whitney Says:

    So glad to have you back!

  • Jfenton Says:

    Welcome back!

  • Roger and Becky Templeton Says:

    We are so glad to have you back!

  • Kristin Says:

    Hurrah!!!!!!! You’re here!!!!!!!!
    And I can’t wait to read the book! Also, for a great source of (mostly kid and YA) reads, consider checking out the “Books in Bloom” blog of Mackin, a book “jobber” company I used to buy from when I was a junior high librarian. I get lots of ideas there!

  • Greg Says:

    Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
    But those dreams have remained and they’re turned around.

  • Ali McD Says:

    Woohoo! You’re back!

  • Lucybluemoon Says:

    Our national nightmare is over. Welcome back.

    Book reviews always welcome.

    Will you read “shining girls”? Too dark?

  • Bothell Britt Says:

    Hi Jen! Giant hugs to you for your triumphant (and I’m sure well-planned) return!

    I have a few items to add to your reading list (I originally suggested The Book Thief, so I hope you’ll consider these as well!) BTW, I LOVED “Tell the Wolves I’m Home”. LOVED.

    They were not only amazingly thought out books, but so full of writer’s moments – you know, the ones where you want to copy down the sentence and save it somewhere because it is so beautiful that you want to remember that thought forever?

    Serena by Ron Rash – A book about a timber baron and his mysterious new bride. I can’t say much more without spoilers except that this is a movie coming in the Fall that has been horribly mis-cast.

    The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy – His writing makes me want to cradle every word. There are almost no adjectives, just simplicity at its finest, yet I can envision every moment and nuance. A story about many different lives, but connections seem to spring up in startling ways. A familiar concept, but taken to the greatest heights.

    The Night Circus – Mystical, magical, ethereal, and perhaps deadly. The story behind a circus that values aesthetics just as much as the wonder of spectacle, and the love that is created from it.

    I’ve just begun “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells”, which came highly recommended, and so far I think it’s also one you’d enjoy.

    Happy reading!

  • Susan T. Says:

    We missed you, Jean!

  • Kat Says:

    Yay! You’re back!!