In my bookishness, here are my July reads for the Summer Read-Along. (See button at right.)
A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler tells the tale of a son who breaks with his family's expectations that he will follow tradition and work in the family bank, seek materialistic goals, and live a "mapped" life. He finds personal fulfillment in a simple life of physical labor and deep relationships. As always with Tyler, this is a flowing engaging read.
The Guardian Angel by Mindy Friddle is a satisfying, yet heart-wrenching story of a young woman's fight to keep her family's sagging home. Interwoven with family relationships, the saga leads her to find redemption by redeeming another. Quite a story.
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
--- e. e. cummings