Ashlie (ardaigle) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 20-23

Title: An Acceptable Time
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Themes/Topics: Religion, Fate, Mortality
I thought this a nice way to wrap up the Austin series. I would have appreciated a more active role with the characters I had grown to love, but seeing their daughter/granddaughter was nice too. It was interesting to see more space exploration but I would have figured that by fiddling in the past it would have affected the future.

Title: Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised our Nation
Author: Cokie Roberts
Themes/Topics: Non-fiction, History
This was an interesting read because of the information it provided about the role of women in the history of the United States. From what I recall of elementary and high school education there is little mention of women. This book provided information that I didn't have, and I appreciated the knowledge. The stories of women were fascinating, especially hearing of the obstacles they had to overcome.

Even though the material was compelling, the book was a tough read, or listen, if you choose the audiobook. Cokie Roberts jumped off the page a lot with her own perspective which was entertaining, but very distracting. It was a little hard to focus with her snarky commentary popping up, but again, the material was interesting.

Title: The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Themes/Topics: Family, Regret, Legacy
Wow. Wow wow wow.

This was an outstanding novel. Margaret Atwood weaves together a book within a book that take the reader on a journey through the entire lives of two sisters, and their complicated family history. At times heartbreaking the novel is often surprising and beautifully written. Atwood really is a master of the English language.

Fantastically creative, it's the type of novel you could read time and again and rediscover new things and re-remember beautiful phrases.

Title: Outcasts United: A Refuge Team, an American Town
Author: Warren St. John
Themes/Topics: Refugees, Small-town Diversity, Soccer
read this book because it is the summer reading book for MTSU and I'm glad that they picked it. It is the story of a woman who spends her life coaching boys soccer teams with members that are refugees from all over the world. Her story is outstanding but the best thing about it is that she isn't trying to be extraordinary: she's just trying to do her best.

Beyond that, this story is about a small town in the south and the struggle of its citizens to find a place in a changing global landscape.

The novel is written by a journalist who came across the story through a friend. He has a great writing style and is a wonderful storyteller. He manages to mix the present day soccer struggles and the past history's of the boys into an engaging and educational tale.

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