So many books, so little time. Here are some titles we've heard about. These are not endorsements nor do they reflect the opinions of Capital Public Radio or CapRadio Reads.
Reunion, La Réunion, Finding Gilbert by Diane Covington Carter
Many people have parents whose parents went to war. Carter's family story has a twist. Reunion... recalls a soldier's time in France during World War II and the French orphan boy he tried unsuccessfully to adopt, and how the two influenced and shaped the author's life.
Fifty years after the war, Carter set out to find the man who could have become her brother. This story is a testament to the power of love and kindness and to the way dreams can lead to destinies.
Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann
An early childhood experience – having her beloved farm plowed under and developed into a residential subdivision – led author Virginia Arthur to take up a life and career devoted to the science of the environment. Birdbrain is fiction, but based on Arthur’s life. The early scenes take place in the upper Midwest, and later chapters reflect on Arthur’s adult life in California.
About the Book: My Mother’s Kitchen is an enchanting place filled with promise, change and good food. If the weathered walls of this magical room could talk, they would tell the story of Meena and her childhood. Each chapter is a slice in her young life and depicts her spunk and youthful spirit. Her mother is a central character in her life, and it is no wonder that the kitchen is a special place of healing and rejuvenation, not only for Meena but for other characters like Kashi and Ayah.
Advance Review: “…It’s packed with insights on Indian culture, cooking and eating, and will appeal across the board…It’s the smoky aromas of cooking and the culinary insights peppered liberally throughout which set My Mother’s Kitchen apart from most other novels about Indian culture and experience.” —D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Sharks: The First Ride
In recent years, there’s been a growing fascination with sharks. Kids around the ages of 6 and 7 are adding sharks to their list of cool things they’d like to learn about, along with dinosaurs and zoo animals.
Author Chance Wolf noticed his son’s interest in sharks began to develop and wanted to create something that his son would love. Surf Sharks was born, beginning with the first book Surf Sharks: The First Ride, which is a story of a group of young surfers and sharks who forge a friendship and ride the waves together as they help each other solve daily challenges faced by all growing kids.
Chance Wolf brings over 30 years experience as a commercial artist with high-profile credits in comic books.His path towards becoming a professional comic book artist began when his talents were discovered by an associate of iconic industry creative Todd McFarlane. Chance began a tenure with McFarlane that would span over ten years, allowing the new artist to work on internationally recognized comic book titles such as Shadowhawk, Spawn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just to name a few.
(24 June 2014)
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