Literature for All!

I love to read! I've been reading for entertainment since I was a young child (when we lived overseas, we didn't take our television). Here I will recommend, discuss and/or review books that I've read.

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I've read most of Grisham's books over the years. This one was fairly short, but as usual a quick read. A bit unusual in that it had nothing to do with the courtroom, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. "The Testament" is still one of my all-time favorites of his.
My husband had never read Ender's Game, so while we were on our RTW, we started that series. I knew of three books, "Ender's Game", "Speaker for the Dead" and "Xenocide". However, since the time I first read the series, Orson Scott Card had expanded it to include "Children of the Mind" and another parallel series ("Ender's Shadow", "Shadow of the Hegemon" and "Shadow Puppets"). I must say that I particularly enjoyed the second series. Perhaps rereading the first series again (even with the additional book) got a little old. But the second series (Ender's Shadow) captured the feel and the attraction of the original Ender's Game book in a way that the latter books in that series failed.


Kirk and I first heard about this as a movie, when we were travelling in New Zealand. This is the amazing story of a young girl, part of the "Stolen Generation", who walked about 1800 miles to get back to her family -- more than once! The movie was amazing! The book was different and in many ways (of course) better. I highly recommend this one.

Not for the faint of heart, this non-fiction masterpiece by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre chronicles the birth and independence of India and Pakistan along with the heart break and horror that came along with it. I had the opportunity to read this when I was in India.
Catch 22, a long-time favorite by Joseph Heller, is easily one of the best books I've read in its genre. I remember a time when I distinctly did not understand the meaning of the phrase "Catch 22". This book explains the expression in anectodal form and yet tells a poignant story of a war that many in our country are unable to comprehend.
In the traditional John Grisham style, we are back to a story of a lawyer. This book, however, is more than just a story; it is an indictment of the excesses of tort litigation in the US and an explanation of the need for tort reform. It is, nonethless, an enjoyable story.
An excellent piece about the struggles of Lance Armstrong to first overcome testicular cancer (from which he had less than a 10% chance of survival) and then to achieve his long-awaited first Tour de France win (who'd have thought he'd have moved on to win another 5 since!).
This is an interesting account of the 1999 expedition that went in search of the bodies (and any accompanying evidence that might reveal whether they had reached the top of Everest) of Mallory and Irvine. Much history is reviewed, including all that his know of their fateful 1924 attempt on Everest.