The new selections for August cover a variety of situations and individuals. I always enjoy checking out a debut author or returning to a familiar favorite. I hope you will join me with one of these titles.
Burning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew Ervin
Disillusioned ad man, Ray Welter, is watching his professional life and his marriage fall apart, and he blames himself for causing the world’s unfavorable spin. Ray sells all his belongings and escapes to the Scottish Isle of Jura, where Orwell lived while writing 1984, in an attempt to find reality. The people and events he encounters do, indeed, change him and it’s a wild ride for this confused American. This is a good change-of-pace choice.
The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren
Frank Warren started inviting people to anonymously mail artful secrets to him in 2004 that he posts online at postsecret.com each Sunday They arrive on postcards, pictures, pieces of clothing, almost anything one can imagine, and there have been over 1,000,000 deliveries from all over the world. In these messages people share thoughts, promises, truths, and hopes they have not been able to share with anyone else. Some are funny while others are heartbreaking and tragic. Please take a couple of hours to read his fifth book and think about your own secrets.
Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Kidnapped by her mother when she was five, Callie spends the next 12 years moving from dingy apartment to dingy apartment. Not staying in one place long enough to go to school, Callie misses out on so much of what is considered a normal life. When her mom is stopped for a motor vehicle violation and ultimately placed in jail, Callie is returned to her dad who now has a wife and two sons. Adjustments are extremely difficult for this teenager as she tries to determine her self-worth and what it means to be part of a family. This is a mature-themed Sequoyah High School Masterlist title, and I liked it, even though the end was somewhat weak.