Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Just Finished...

Karen says she has read several books this spring, many recommended here on the blog - Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (see April 8th), The Help by Kathryn Stockett (see March 22nd), Still Alice by Lisa Genova (on several of our reading lists), and The Other Boelyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (also recommended to us by Pat & Steve).

Still Alice from the author's website:

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a
celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind...

The Other Boelyn Girl from the author's website:

Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she comes to court as a girl of fourteen.

Dazzled by t
he golden prince, Mary’s joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. When the capricious king’s interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister Anne.

Anne soon
becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary can do nothing but watch her sister’s rise. Anne stops at nothing to achieve her own ambition. From now on, Mary will be no more than the other Boleyn girl.

But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away – before the Boleyn enemies turn on the Boleyn girls…