Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sparrow Road vs between shades of gray

As a first time blogger, I enter the blogging world cautiously (as I reviewed previous blogs there seemed to be much poetry and I generally don't write poetry).

Sparrow Road: Clever, funny with underlying sadness and curiosity.  Hope and forgiveness are at the heart of this book.  A lovely read that I think many would enjoy (especially on a hot summer day with a slurpee in hand).

between shades of gray: Poignant, heart wrenching and powerful.  This book kicks you in the stomach several times as it reveals the injustices of the deportation of thousands of Lithuanian's to Russia during and following WWII.  Human rights and strength of spirit ensure you finish this book to the end.

Winner for me:  between shades of gray!!


Friday, November 16, 2012

The Smack is Back!

The books wait for no man or woman so it is time to get back on the reading wagon. The 3rd edition of Smackdown has begun. Eager Smackdownians met last night at A Blair McPherson school and received their bracket reads. The PDF of our tournament is available to check up on on the right hand side under our bookshelf. All that remains is the reading, the blogging and the bloodshed....but none on the books please! Round One deadline is December 17th. Good luck to all the contenders....even Arlene's!