Hi Reading Friends– It’s that time of year for our Book Club– We all send in recommendations from the books we’ve read and then weed through the list and narrow down to our next 6 books to read together Jan. to June! Here’s the 4 books I recommended. I think you might like them too.
And– what are your book recommendations?? I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading so I can take notes for my next trip to the library!!
When the Vicar in the small town of Chilbury disbands the church choir, after the men have all left with the advent of WWII, the women band together and revive the choir. Written through the journals, diaries and letters of the various women, from an older nurse to a unscrupulous midwife, a young girl and her vivacious sister. There is deception, romance, bravery and family ties stretched to the limits. Sort of of a British Mitford-esque tale of colorful characters.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter is yet another in the current crop of WWII books. In this story the Jewish Kurc family of Radom, Poland finds themselves scattered during the course of the war– between Paris, ports in Africa, a labor camp in Siberia, the front in Italy, Rio De Janeiro and Warsaw. The narrative follows their amazing stories of hardship, bravery and near escapes. At the end of the book, the epilogue explains that the stories told were of an actual family, collected and written by a grand daughter, Addy Kurc. Heartwarming and incredible.
I love the way Lisa See connects a riveting story with big doses of Chinese culture and custom. In The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Li-yan lives and works picking tea in a tradition bound village in southern China. When she has a baby while unmarried, she takes her daughter to an orphanage where the baby is adopted by an American family. Li-yan goes on the an education and builds a tea empire, always hoping to find the daughter she gave away. A fascinating look at the prescribed life of a hill country young girl.
In Pachinko, Min Jim Lee weaves the story of a family over several decades, beginning in the early 1900’s when Sunja, a young Korean woman, pregnant and abandoned, marries a virtuous Korean pastor and immigrates with him to Japan. The story continues with the lives of their children and the persecution of the Korean minority in Japan during WWII and beyond. A poignant story of a family torn by circumstance, with characters that you really care about. National Book Award Finalist.
P.S. Thanks for the reading graphic– illustrator Nicole Wong