Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hannah CoulterHannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars
I was disappointed. Novel dragged, characters nondescript, story boring. Too much lamenting and reminiscing for my taste. Difficulties, sacrifices, disappointments, and regrets---we all live in one way or another and I don't have to read about it to know it's true. There was nothing extraordinary about the story, no depth to the characters, no enlightenment in the the solutions to their predicament. Near the end of the book when Hannah began to talk about her children and their lives I started to enjoy the book much more. I think this is a book people either love (most reviewers) or hate. I keep try to enjoy Wendell Berry and end up disappointed.

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Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan WildernessTisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Robert Specht
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book about a hundred years ago when it was first published (1984) and loved it so much that it is one of the few books I kept when my recent move to a new community required drastic downsizing. I just read it a second time and loved it just as much. Nonfiction that reads like fiction, it is an incredible story full of adventure, romance, and heart-warming drama that would be enjoyed by anyone ages 10 - 110. It would be an especially wonderful book for teenage girls and definitely ranks as one of my favorites!

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