Thursday, May 19, 2011

Books Books Books! (volume ii)

Our first list included some great Young Adult Literature for your summer reading list, and today I thought I'd add a few in case you were headed to the library this afternoon. These are a few of the books I have read in the past 6 months.

I Capture the Castle

Young Cassandra lives in a collapsing castle in the English countryside with her family cut off from the world. One day, a rich American, Simon, arrives explaining that he has inherited the estate next door and the castle. Cassandra's older sister, Rose, decides to woo Simon into marrying her and save her family from destitution. This is a whimsical story of a young girl's first encounter with love and the ways of the world told through her journals. This story is full of brilliant and enigmatic characters. And for those of you who watch your movies, Netflix has a film adaptation of this one streaming. Both the book and the film are worth your time.

You Must Remember This

Enid Maria lives in upstate New York with her family who own a print shop. This novel is set in the 1950s when many things go unsaid. Including Enid's love affair with her young uncle, Felix. She pursues him and he continually resists her advances. But the line gets crossed. Enid's family struggles with allegations of being communist sympathizers and how an unjustified accusation can tarnish a family's name. This book may not be for everyone, but it is a haunting story love and intimidation during a time of fear.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier takes a painting of a young girl and stitches an elaborate story full of beautiful imagery. Griet is a young girl who begins working in the Vermeer household. She quickly becomes Johannes Vermeer's assistant, fetching pigments and mixing colors, and eventually sits for him as a model. Vermeer's wife becomes increasingly jealous of the relationship her husband and Griet have formed. This beautiful tale is a peek into 16th century Dutch life and class system and the boundaries that when crossed have dire consequences. Also a wonderful film with Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. 

What have you read lately that you would recommend to others? Comment below, so I can add your suggestions to the Summer Reading List!

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