Sabadosa: It’s time for our annual summer reading ideas
BY REGGIE SABADOSA Citizen Journalistfirstname.lastname@example.org June 19, 2014 1:36PM
Updated: July 23, 2014 6:11AM
My readers have helped me to put together a list of summer books. Whether you prefer the feel of a paper book in your hands or you have come to enjoy reading on a screen, a good book can become a magic carpet, taking you to far-off places or exploring new ways of thinking.
So ... grab a beach towel, a cold drink, find a shady spot to relax and get ready to dive into some inspired summer reading.
Lisa McClowry said her “must read” recommendation is “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards. She describes the plot as “beautiful, rich, unique and engaging.” This novel takes place over a quarter of a century and involves characters from two families who are unaware of their shared history. A secret, split-second decision by Dr. David Henry alters lives forever.
McClowry said you should be prepared for “unexpected turns, mysterious ties, survival, heartache, long-buried secrets and redemptive love.” It sure sounds as if this book has it all.
“Traveling Light” by Max Lucado is a favorite of Char Lesner, who said, “I feel it is a great read for summer as it is a sensitive and leisurely book that helps one to evolve into a peaceful calm.” This book can be read either all at once or in small sections each day.
Three of my readers — Ellen Ohl, Holly Patete and Joan Onak — agree that a new novel, “Dominic and Ross, My Two Uncles” by R. J. Mentone, makes for a great summer read.
Patete said it’s the “story of Mr. Mentone’s two uncles, two very different men, who become good friends in their Italian neighborhood. It follows their lives in Chicago from 1929 until 1945. Ross becomes a successful teacher while Dominic finds himself entangled with the mob.”
“If you’re from the Chicago area, it’s fun to read about familiar neighborhoods and sites,” Onak said.
Ohl said the book is available at Blurb.com.
Enza Piech confides that her newest obsession is listening to books on a CD while driving. This may be the key to relaxation during those long car trips this summer. She highly recommends any book by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho who wrote “The Alchemist.” Piech also finds the Harry Potter books on CD “quite engaging” because the voice actor changes his voice for each character in the books.
Local mystery/romance author Evelyn Cullet suggests the work of another local author, recommending Cleo Lampos’ “A Mother’s Song,” a poignant tale of an Irish mother who puts two of her children on the Orphan Train to give them a chance for a better life in America.
“It is written in a way that draws in the reader from the very first sentence. Ms. Lampos has captured the harsh lives of the poor Irish immigrants who came to this country in the 1890s to find a better life, only to be bitterly disappointed,” Cullet said.
She goes on to say that the second part of the story — after the woman’s children are grown — is very uplifting.
Lampos, a former teacher, suggests a book that she has found to be both informative and helpful — “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv, which was written in 2005 and is about saving our children from “nature-deficit disorder.” Lampos feels this book is a “must read” for suburban or urban parents.
Patti Smith loves all of the angel books by Catherine Lanigan, with “Angel Tales” her favorite because it contains one of Smith’s own experiences. These are true stories of folks whose lives have been “touched by an angel.” Lanigan is best known for her books “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile” that became blockbuster movies.
If you are seeking to know God and yourself better, Sister Ann Marie Klasky would like to recommend books by Richard Rohr, particularly “Everything Belongs,” “Falling Upward” and “Immortal Diamond.” Klasky said these books would especially appeal for those in mid-life and beyond.
Enough food for thought? Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, warmth and really good reading!
News from our neighbors
Congratulations to Oak Lawn’s Linda Stearns, who has been awarded a customized, wheelchair-accessible 2014 Chrysler van from the National Mobility Dealers Equipment Association. She was nominated in the Local Heroes Contest by her daughter, Gail Stearns-Hussein, and was one of four national winners.
Stearns was chosen due to an overwhelming response of Facebook votes in addition to her inspiring story. There are upward of 18 million people in the United States and Canada living with reduced mobility. You may view the awards presentation by going to www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oswJIqowi8.