Some books I've reviewed and recommend:
A National Book Award finalist, News of the World is a beguiling tale of two unlikely companions on the road. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd reluctantly agrees, as a favor to a friend, to return the ten-year old Johanna Leonberger to her German relatives who live outside San Antonio, almost the other end of the state from Wichita Falls. Johanna has been held captive by the Kiowa for four years and remembers nothing of her German family or of the white-man’s ways. “God only knows what she would do if presented with dinner on a plate,” Kidd muses. My name is Cicada, she is desperate to tell this white man to whom she has been entrusted. My father’s name is Turning Water. My mother’s name is Three Spotted. I want to go home. But Johanna speaks only Kiowa and she cannot go home. And so the unlikely pair set off on their long and perilous journey. Read more of my review.
Among Kate DiCamillo’s many gifts as an award-winning children's author is the good sense not to pander to children.
In Raymie Nightingale, a finalist for the National Book Award, she takes on abandonment and betrayal.
Raymie, our quintessential anti-hero, is baffled by life and deeply hurt by her father’s recent, middle-of-the-night skulking-off with a dental hygienist. Raymie believes that she can reverse this paternal abandonment by winning the 1975 Little Miss Central Florida Tire contest. Read more.
A Man Called Ove, although not obvious from the first thirty-four pages, is a love story. The opening chapter entitled, “A Man Called Ove Buys a Computer that is Not a Computer,” will introduce you to our titular character, in all his curmudgeonly glory, as he attempts to buy an iPad, having no idea what one is. No explanation is given for why this very angry Luddite is so highly motivated to make this purchase. For that you have to wait for chapter thirty-eight. Read the rest of my review.
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Try this yummy recipe for Gullah Red Rice with Shrimp, Bacon, & Fennel, created by book blogger, Allroadsleadtothekitchen, inspired by my novel VANISHING TIME.
Her nice review of Vanishing Time:
"Aside from the fact that this book kept me on the edge of my seat, fervently cheering Cama's drive to find her son—alive, it also made me hungry." Read more...
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“… A cross between Jodi Picoult’s page-turners and the finest psychological dramas."
— Barbara Levenson
author of the Mary Magruder
Katz Mystery series
"... a compelling story that uses the search for self and the search for truth as dual themes... Britton’s writing voice is clear, strong, and completely captivating."
“Acutely rendered details of a beloved natural landscape and [a] wise understanding of complex human hearts. The tale is touched with heartbreak but leavened with humor.”
author of Under a Wing
and Forward From Here
Concord Monitor’s Livewell Magazine Top Summer Read, 2014
"Shifting between present day and the late 1960s, two sisters confront their tragic past in Britton's touching debut. Britton seamlessly alternates between the two eras to unravel a tale of rivalry, tragedy, love, and the corruptibility of truth.”
NHPR Top Summer Read, 2011