Friday’s (May 17) post on “Friday First Liners” here included the first line of Wendy Mills’ All We Have Left. Today, since I just finished the book, instead of writing a “tease” from where I am reading, my Tuesday Teaser will be excerpts from the back cover of the paperback YA novel.

” A haunting and heart-wrenching story of two girls, two time periods, and the one event that changed their lives–and the world forever.”

Jesse, aged 16, searching out the truth about how her older brother died during the 2001 World Trade Center attacks is one thread/story.

The other thread, set in 2001, the era of the attack, brings Alia, a sixteen-year-old Muslim, who is a typical American teenager in every sense of the word, dealing with strict parents, demanding school assignments, complex relationships with friends, especially boys, and who is the girl caught in the flames mentioned in…

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This challenge was issued by the bloggers at Hot Listens and The Caffeinated Reviewer.  I became aware of it on Carla Loves to Read, who posted that she was participating. Recently, I finished The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. This author also wrote The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a book I loved so much I recommended it to our Third Tuesday book club.

The Music Shop is set in 1988 London, and it was fun comparing the culture and situations to “my” 1988, here across the pond.  One thing is for sure, human nature and the complexities in relationships are universal and timeless!

Frank, the shop’s owner, a burly, bearded, bear of a man, has a “gift” for “prescribing” (my term) just the right piece/selection of music someone needs; sometimes not what the customer thinks he wants. Because Frank has lost his first wife, he is terrified of real closeness/connectedness. When Elsa…

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How Can One Love Books Too Much?

Literacy and Me

Last week I began a library book I had requested in an effort to start reading “Books about Books,” inspired by a list published by Random House. In the story, John Gilkey, a con artist and professional thief loved books (especially antiquated ones) so much he couldn’t help himself and was driven to steal and own them. Allison Hoover Bartlett, hearing about this criminal, decided to interview Gilkey and Ken Sanders, a man whose life’s wish was to outsmart Gilkey, track him down, and arrest him. It is a fascinating true narrative which reads as smoothly and interestingly as any novel. Here is the author’s description of how Gilkey’s passion became an obsession.

“Gilkey told me that when he holds a rare book, he smells its age, feels its crispness, makes sure there’s nothing wrong with it, and opens it up very gently. He thumbs through a few pages. If…

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