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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Generally not a people person

Recently, I have been reading books nominated for the Iowa Teen Award and the Iowa High School Book Award because I am trying to put together a teen program at the library.  The book I am currently reading is called The Year We Disappeared: a Father-Daughter Memoir.

Generally, I don't read biographies.  I just can't get into them.  I'm not exactly sure why.  So I was a little leery about reading this book.  It is the story of a policeman in the 1970s who was shot in the line of duty, the events surrounding this event and the effects it had on his family and his life.

I really like how the book is written.  It is in the chronological order of the events that happened but every other chapter is from the daughter's perspective--who was nine at the time of the shooting--and the father's perspective.

I have had to force myself to turn off my light at night because the story is so engaging.  And here I am writing about it and I haven't even finished it! (Which is why this book is not listed on my 100+ Reading Challenge post.)

This memoir is definitely a must read!
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  1. Ooh look how fancy we are....all new and stuff. I see you're enjoying your new puter :)

  2. Yes, I am having quite the time of it . . . and thank you! :-)

  3. Okay, here's another recommendation for your 100 book challenge. I don't know if it's particularly for teens. The heroine is sort of an English Nancy Drew, set in 1950.
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
    by Alan Bradley