The Linen Queen
by Patricia Falvey
Like Emma Woodhouse or Scarlett O’Hara, Sheila McGee starts out as a character who’s hard to love.
It’s true, she’s had a rough life: abandoned by her father, neglected by her unstable mother, and trapped working long hours at the local mill while dreaming of a glamorous life in London or America… only to come home to fight off her uncle’s wandering hands. Is it any wonder Sheila can’t wait to shake the dust of Northern Ireland off her feet?
It’s World War II that provides the catalyst for change, as Sheila transforms from a girl who can’t wait to leave into a woman who finally realizes that home is where she’s been all along.
It’s no surprise that people who read books often like to read books about books. We certainly do! Here are some bookworm-friendly titles we’re highlighting this month:
Dog Loves Books, by Louise Yates … and he loves having his own bookstore!
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke Maggie is twelve years old when she discovers that her father has the magical ability to read fictional characters to life.
The Thirteenth tale, by Diane Setterfield Mysterious author Vida Winter has woven story after fantastic story about her life – but now she’s ready to let Margaret dig deep enough to discover the truth… a truth that may be more outlandish than all her made-up tales.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak Death is our narrator, telling us the story of Liesel, a German girl who discovers the power of words and she and her family hide a Jewish man.
The Know-It-All : one man’s humble quest to become the smartest person in the world, by A. J. Jacobs Yes, he really did read all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And then he wrote a book about it.
Austenland, Shannon Hale Jane Hayes is obsessed with Mr. Darcy, so she’s thrilled at the chance to spend time at a Jane Austen-themed resort in England.
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the women who created her, by Melanie Rehak The real story behind the famous girl detective.