Classic books still draw readers

December 19, 2012

“There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over.”

-Gail Carson Levine, American author

“Anna Karenina”

(Fiction) This is one of the world’s greatest novels. The beautiful Anna Karenina is the focus of this tragic love story set in 19th century Russia. Anna is already married and mother of a young son when she comes to Moscow to help her brother and his wife who are experiencing domestic difficulties. While there Anna meets and falls in love with Count Vronsky. She must face the pressure of social conventions if she is to fight for his love. For a time, the two are happy together, but society is not kind to them and tragedy ensues. You’ll be glad you found this one, and it’s one you will want to read again.

“Gold”

(Fiction) Kate and Zoe met when they were 19 years old. Both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling, a sport that demands intense focus, blinding exertion and unwavering commitment. Through the years, they have trained together and competed against each other – they’ve become classic frenemies. Now the women, at age 32, are facing their last and biggest race. The 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win the gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.

Zoe will do anything to win, but there are lines Kate refuses to cross. We will examine the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.

“The Long Walk”

(Nonfiction) “The first thing you should know about me is that I’m Crazy.” The author served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit in Iraq. Day after day, he and his team engaged in the last resort nerve-wracking work of either disarming deadly improvised deadly explosive devices or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late.

Another battle, this one when he returned home, took an even greater toll on the commander. He experienced what he calls the Crazy, when his life became consumed by panic and undiagnosed pain that alienated him from his family and compelled him to rig his minivan with ammunition clips for faster reloads while driving through peaceful neighborhoods.

“Press Here”

(Ages 2 up) This little book is amazing! It’s all about colorful dots which proliferate, travel around on the page, grow, and shrink in response to commands to clap, shake, or tilt the book, etc. On page one, for example, a yellow dot appears and the instructions say, “Press here and turn the page.” When the page is turned, there’s a second yellow dot beside the first one. And the fun continues – by the end, children are saying, “Read it again!” Do not miss this one – it’s magic.

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