Allie (edith_jones) wrote in bookish,

Books 69-71 for 2009.

69. The Girls by Lori Lansens, 2005, 457 pages.
70. Bitter Harvest by Anne Rule, 1997, 480 pages.
71. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larson, 2009, 375 pages.

The Girls by Lori Lansens, 2005.

I bought this book on the advice of the woman who runs the used bookstore I frequent, as I was intrigued by the idea of a fictional story written by two sisters who are conjoined twins. It was great. It was very, very difficult to remember that the book was only a story, and that the women were not real, so convincing was the writing. This book is definitely geared more for women than for men, but would fascinate anyone interested in conjoined twins, and it's easy reading all the way. This one's worth buying.

Bitter Harvest by Anne Rule, 1997.

John and I really enjoy Anne Rule's true crime books, and when he was laid up after surgery, I picked him up a couple of them to help pass the time. Of course I had to read them as well....Bitter Harvest is a hard one to read because of what happens: it's about a brilliant doctor who becomes insane and murders her children. [You can read this on the back cover so it's not a spoiler.] The details, the family's life, the woman's insanity, the trial, all are meticulously and unforgettably laid out. It was compelling reading it, and will haunt me for a long time. If you like true crime and haven't read Anne Rule, give her a try.

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen, 2009.

I had been drawn by the cover and the author photograph of this book for some time when unexpectedly my 11-year old daughter was given this book for her birthday. A month and a half went by and she hadn't read it, and she very kindly said that I could read it first. It is a work of such creativity, such imagination, such research and artistry. For the illustrations alone it is worth buying; the story is the icing on the cake. The tale of a brilliant young boy and his solo journey riding the rails from Montana to Washington, D.C. is one that should be read and experienced through his drawings by everyone.

Now reading: And Never Let Her Go by Anne Rule, 1999. Already hooked!

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