Published: June 01. 2012 2:00AM
Written by Barbara Robertson
One of my favorite ways to find a book to read is to see if one of my favorite authors has something new out. Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks has written some amazing books: “Year of Wonders,” “March” and the “The People of the Book.”
I chose her latest as my pick of the month. “Caleb’s Crossing” is set in Martha’s Vineyard in the mid-1600s. Young Bethia Mayfield yearns to escape her strict Puritan life. She develops an unlikely and secret friendship with a Native American called Caleb. Brooks’ rich attention to detail and wonderful character development capture the reader. This historical fiction novel is more than just an account of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. It is a gripping story that will hold your attention until the end.
Just for Dad
Father’s Day is this month, so we decided to ask three local dads what books they would like to receive for Father’s Day.
Nigel Robertson — “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero” by Chris Matthews
Shane Taylor — “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Leonard Kupersmith — “Before I Go to Sleep,” S.J. Watson; “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus,” Rick Perlstein; “What It Takes: The Way to the White House,” Richard Ben Cramer
Quote of the month
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald
“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff...and it’s all small stuff” By Richard Carlson, PhD
When my daughter gave me this book, I had to laugh. Did I really appear that stressed? Apparently! Sometimes, however, we all need a reminder to relax, slow down, and enjoy the ride. I like how Richard Carlson spells out ways to do this in his nonfiction title “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… And It’s All Small Stuff.” This book is chock full of simple gems and strategies to improve your life. Here are a few of Richard Carlson’s suggestions:
• Practice random acts of kindness.
• Choose your battles wisely.
• Fill your life with love.
• Choose being kind over being right.
• Thoughts are only thoughts until we give them adjectives.
• Take a deep breath before you speak, allowing others to completely finish their thought.
|'Caleb's Crossing' is set in Martha's Vineyard in the mid-1600s.|