SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions
4 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

A Painted House

A Painted House | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Billy Bradshaw

Karen Meier's insight:

"This is a neat story that is more than that of a house being painted.  John Grisham “paints” a story that is interesting and spellbinding, keeping the reader on the edge of his seat throughout.  It’s set in 1952 cotton-picking Missouri and is told through a seven-year-old’s eyes as he witnesses mature and unfortunate events between throughout the picking season.  John Grisham can certainly spin a good yarn – when I can’t wait for down time to read a book, and I am willing to neglect my kids in the process, it’s got to be pretty good :)"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Holly Maness & Karen Meier

Karen Meier's insight:

"One of the best books that I have read in a while, Unbroken is the remarkable story of Louie Zamperini an Olympic runner and WWII bombardier whose plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean. He and one of the other two survivors of the crash lived stranded for 47 days on the open sea, only to be taken as POWs by the Japanese. So much is written and taught about the European front of WWII. I never realized what was really going on in the Pacific theatre. I certainly never knew of the atrocious conditions that the Japanese imposed on their POWs. Louie's is a beautiful story of faith and an unbreakable human spirit."  Holly Maness

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Jae Haley

Karen Meier's insight:

"The book is always better than the movie (or Netflix series)."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

Still Alice

Still Alice | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Holly Maness

Karen Meier's insight:

"Alice is a professor at Harvard. She starts forgetting simple things--at first words that are on the tip of her tongue here or there. When she gets lost on her usual neighborhood run, just blocks from her house, she knows something is terribly wrong. She is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. This is a powerful book as you get inside Alice's mind as she slowly starts to lose it and the heartbreak of her family as they watch."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe Series #1)

Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe Series #1) | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by David Talley

Karen Meier's insight:

""Sharpe’s Series—Bernard Cornwall (Very macho oriented, tons of violence and Romance on the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars—utter escapism, but since it has historical figures you don’t feel too guilty about reading trash)."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Derrick Hinson

Karen Meier's insight:

"The author, who already wrote 1919 (which describes the shortcomings of the Peace of Versailles), goes into detail describing how Europe’s ruling families stumbled into the Great War which was responsible for millions of deaths and the fall of four ruling dynasties.  The beauty and splendor of Olde Europe was evolving with new technology and inventions, but the underlying problems of ethnic nationalism, economic rivalries, and militarism were like a pot of boiling water waiting for the lid to blow."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

Last Noel

Last Noel | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Holly Maness

Karen Meier's insight:

"From Goodreads: "Award-winning author Michael Malone's The Last Noel is a beautiful gift to American fiction. In a deeply touching tale, The Last Noel captures the exuberance and poignance of a lasting friendship between a man and a woman from very different backgrounds. Noni Tilden and Kaye King grow up and grow close as their lives come dramatically together through four decades of tumultuous change in a small southern town. " I'm not going to lie--I cried at the end, so make sure you have a box of tissue handy."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

Runnin' the Show: Basketball Leadership for Coaches and Players

Runnin' the Show: Basketball Leadership for Coaches and Players | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Matt Ridge

Karen Meier's insight:

"I am hopeful this book will help me become a more effective leader as a coach, teacher & father."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Series #1)

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Series #1) | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by David Talley

Karen Meier's insight:

"Sprawling fantasy epic that is not Tolkien or Game of Thrones.  For those who like fantasy, but are burned out on political/sexual machinations of George Martin and don’t want to read Lord of the Rings for the 150th time this summer."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen Meier
Scoop.it!

Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else | SWH Summer 2014 Book Suggestions | Scoop.it

Recommended by Charlie Doak & Shawn Armstrong

Karen Meier's insight:

"Interesting story about a football player dealing with personal issues and the people that help him see that it takes more than yourself to succeed." Charlie Doak

 

"Gives the real meaning of determination, hard work, and never quitting. A very easy read. Once you pick it up it'll be hard to put down." Shawn Armstrong

 

more...
No comment yet.