Thursday, April 30, 2015

In the Stacks: The books we can't put down

"Up and down the lanes, the last unevacuated townspeople wake, groan, sigh. Spinsters, prostitutes, men over sixty. Procrastinators, collaborators, disbelievers, drunks. Nuns of every order. The poor. The stubborn. The blind.
-from All The Light We Cannot See, by the masterful Anthony Doerr

We've taken a little time out here on the blog to catch up around here - the last month of school has a way of sneaking up on us all and each year I find myself wondering if I have the strength to make it through until that very last day. How busy is your May calendar? Check back on here on Monday for our latest PMK printable family calendar with ideas for activities you don't want to miss. As always, thank you for reading!

We've had some books in our stacks around here that have been hard to put down and you may want to add to your cart if you're looking for a great summer read or a book to travel with.

For Them:

  • What If by Randall Munroe - details here. What child doesn't love odd, ridiculous, scientific what ifs? This is a great pick to read aloud with children - each short story poses a hypothetical question and proceeds to propose a fact based answer to muddle through seemingly improbable scenarios. For example, what would happen if everyone on Earth stood as close to each other as they could and jumped, everyone landing on the ground at the same time? This book is an entertaining way to strengthen summer learning. Pluff Mud Kids give it two thumbs up!

For You:

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - This book is so beautifully crafted and spins such a thought provoking tale it will leave you wondering how in the world the author came up with the story. Doerr seems to know a little bit about everything and spoon feeds you tidbits of knowledge carefully woven into the plot... it's truly as if he was there and is just retelling you precisely what happened along the way. This is a compelling story about human nature that chronicles the lives of two characters caught up in wartime Germany and Paris. Doerr offers up short chapters that make this a great beach or vacation read. He artfully joins the story lines together and you won't believe the ending! A fantastic read- details here.
  • The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins - You've likely seen this book on all the best selling lists and it's there for a reason. This book is a fast, page-turning, edge of your seat heart stopper. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll love this pick about a troubled girl's daily London commute by train and that incident she witnesses from the train window that will keep you sifting through the details to try and sort out. You'll have trouble turning the lights out and putting this one down!
  • *PMK reader recommendation: The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting For Stone  - If you read Cutting For Stone, you will be thrilled to jump back into Verghese's smooth, elegant writing style... this book is a pleasure to read. Delve into the intimate nature of male relationships as the characters bond over the nuances of tennis and the struggles of the game of life. This book will win you over with it's unique perspective on what it means to be a man - I am always grateful for a reader recommendation that broadens my horizons.  

This post compiled to Every Day I Write The Book - Elvis Costello

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