Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Profiles Through Ages

A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale

Barnaby Johnson couldn't prevent his young parishioner Lenny from killing himself because the poison he took worked too quickly. Instead, all Barnaby could do was pray and sit by as he died, as that was all that was left to do, and it was the right thing. And that's what Barnaby was known for by all people in his life - or at least that's how it seemed on the surface. Upon closer scrutiny, things aren't all that perfect and not everyone has always been good. This is "A Perfectly Good Man" by Patrick Gale.

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Intimate Look at the World of London's Ultra-Orthodox

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris

If Chani Kaufman doesn't find a husband soon, it may be too late. Although she's only 19, that is a fact of life in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community! But so far, no one thinks she's suitable, mostly because of her outspoken curiosity, which has landed her in trouble many a time. Then Baruch Levy saw her, and was immediately smitten and determined to meet her. When he does, he is undaunted by her spunk, her lack of money or any objections from his family. But as Chani prepares to take the plunge into adulthood and married life, she can't get straight answers out of her mother, and the training from her Rebbitzen (rabbi's wife) isn't any more enlightening. What is in store for Chani and what secrets lay beneath the forced order of the Golder's Green Jewish community? This is "The Marrying of Chani Kaufman" by Eve Harris.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Flying into the Clouds of Her History

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fanny Flagg

Mrs. Earl Poole Jr., better known as Sookie, is almost 60 and still can't get out from under her overpowering, and mentally unstable mother, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore's rich Simmons background and standing in the community is in a league of its own, and not one that Sookie ever felt comfortable in. But apparently, much of her family history was fiction. When Sookie finds out the truth as it applies to her in particular, it puts her into a tailspin, and takes her back to events in American history she never knew existed in a journey of discovery of both her own life and her heritage.

Friday, April 4, 2014

On Passion and Disappointment

Tatiana's Wedding by Cynthia A. Robinson

Laura was killed by her husband Cezar, leaving their two young children, Delfina and Stephan, in the care of Cezar's parents. But that was long ago. Now Nani, Delfina's grandmother is dying, and all the Aunts are there to see her through the end. Throughout her life, Delfina has wondered about her mother and raged against her grandmother. But Nani has been hiding something which she pushed deep inside ever since she was the young and pretty Tatiana, marrying the man she adored. This is "Tatiana's Wedding" by Cynthia A. Robinson.